Michael, Now Cat 1 Hurricane, Could Bring Heavy Rains To Maryland

Rodiano Bonacci
Ottobre 10, 2018

Michael is projected to plough into Florida's panhandle at midday on Wednesday, unleashing potentially devastating waves of seawater as high as 3.6m that could rush inland for miles around the storm's centre, the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) warned. Tropical storm warnings are posted for the Isle of Youth in Cuba and the coast of Mexico from Tulum to Cabo Catoche, including Cozumel.

Residents of the USA state of Florida are boarding up homes and seeking evacuation routes away from Hurricane Michael, forecast to slam ashore midweek with life-threatening waves, winds and rains. Wilma had sustained winds of 120mph, with a central pressure of 950mb.

"Hurricane Michael is forecasted to be the most destructive storm to hit the Florida Panhandle in decades", Scott said.

"If you don't follow warnings from officials this storm could kill you", said Scott, a Republican running for the U.S. Senate in November's congressional elections.

The Gulf produces 17 percent of daily US crude oil output and 5 percent of daily natural gas output, according to the US Energy Information Administration.

Scott's office declared a state of emergency in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Gadsden, Liberty, Franklin, Leon, Wakulla, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Hamilton, Suwannee, Lafayette, Dixie, Columbia, Gilchrist, Levy and Citrus counties. This rainfall could lead to life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.Florida Panhandle and Big Bend into the Carolinas.4 to 8 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches. Forecasters also warned spinoff tornadoes would also be a threat.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency had numerous teams deployed and ready to respond, said Fema spokesman Jeff Byard. More than 5,000 National Guard soldiers have been put on alert. Some 13,000 utility restoration workers were also on standby.

President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House the country was very well prepared for the hurricane, adding it was much bigger than had been expected.

Ahead of the storm, Florida State University announced that it would shut down after midnight Monday and remain closed for the rest of the week. It developed into a hurricane on Monday, and by Tuesday, more than 180,000 people were already under mandatory evacuation orders. Those who stayed emptied grocery store shelves of water and other supplies.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, Florida's Democratic nominee for governor, had planned to campaign in South Florida on Monday and Tuesday, but instead threw himself into helping his city's residents fill sandbags and get their storm preparations completed.

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for Navarre Florida to Anna Maria Island Florida, including Tampa Bay.

Michael is now the seventh hurricane of the 2018 season, and will be the first major hurricane to hit this area since Hurricane Dennis in 2005. Overnight Tuesday, Florida Gov. However, forecasters always note it is not possible to say where a hurricane will land until it is closer to the coast. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations hard or dangerous.A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.Interests elsewhere across the southeastern United States should monitor the progress of Michael.For storm information specific to your area in the United States, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office.

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