MASSIVE Hurricane to hit Florida TODAY

Rodiano Bonacci
Ottobre 11, 2018

Hurricane Michael, now a Category 2 storm, is expected to strike the Florida Panhandle as a Category 3 storm, bringing life-threatening storm surge and rainfall flooding as well as destructive winds.

As of 5 a.m. ET on October 9, Michael's center was about 420 miles south of Panama City, Florida and 390 miles south of Apalachicola, Florida.

"Hurricane Michael is a monster storm and it keeps getting more unsafe", Florida Governor Rick Scott told a news conference on Tuesday.

The barrelling storm, packing winds of 130mph, could potentially unleash devastating waves as high as 13 feet (4 meters), the National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned.

Hurricane Michael continues to gain strength as it moves through the southern Gulf of Mexico. On its current track, Michael will move across the eastern Gulf of Mexico throughout Tuesday and then move inland over the Panhandle or Big Bend area of Florida on Wednesday, according to the hurricane center.

Hurricane and storm surge warnings are now in effect for parts of Florida, with watches extending west into Alabama.

The region should brace for "major infrastructure damage", specifically to electricity distribution, wastewater treatment systems and transportation networks, Jeff Byard, associate administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

President Trump, speaking to reporters at the White House, said the country is very well prepared for the hurricane, adding it was much bigger than had been expected. Those who stayed emptied grocery store shelves of water and other supplies.

Michael is expected to be the strongest hurricane, based on wind speeds, to make landfall in the continental U.S. since Irma in September of a year ago.

Some Panama City residents were seen on the beach enjoying the cool breeze ahead of the storm, while others were loading up cars with luggage and visitors were checking out of hotels.

Michael is predicted to become a category 3 storm, marked by torrential rains and winds in excess of 110 miles per hour. However, forecasters always note it is not possible to say where a hurricane will land until it is closer to the coast.

The hurricane center is already warning of storm surge up to 12 feet in some areas, plus heavy rainfall through Florida's Panhandle and into Alabama, Georgia and SC, and "tropical storm"-force winds".

Florida State University announced it was closing for the week on Tuesday, along with schools in Leon county, home to the state capital Tallahassee.

Florida Governor Rick Scott warned Floridians that they cannot hide from storm surge, which could reach six feet in places.

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