Warnings Issued for Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Alert Michael On His Way

Hurricane Alert Michael On His Way

A hurricane warning was in effect for the Alabama-Florida border to the Suwannee River, with a hurricane watch in place from the Alabama-Florida border to the Mississippi-Alabama border. "Theres no excuse, youve got to keep your families safe".

As of the 5 AM advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Michael had sustained winds of 140 miles per hour with stronger gusts.

For this hurricane season, the US -based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasting service and Britain's Met Office predict between five and nine storms of Category 3 or stronger. It is expected to intensify as it passes over the warm Gulf of Mexico on its approach to the Panhandle.

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for.

President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency for all of Florida, freeing up federal assistance to supplement state and local disaster responses.

Scott also activated 500 National Guard Troops in advance of the storm.

CNN reports that such language is warranted, for Michael is now "slashing Cuba" and is expected to reach Category 3 status (with sustained winds from 111-129 mph) by Wednesday when it reaches the USA mainland. "It looked a couple of days ago like it was not going to be much, and now it's looking like it could be a very big one, so we're prepared".

The first rains from Michael were already beginning to soak the Florida Keys on Monday, with up to four inches (10 centimeters) expected to fall through Tuesday.

The depression has winds of 35 miles per hour and is expected to move north and east in the coming days.

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Alexander Charnicharo fishes at the seafront in Havana as Hurricane Michael passes by western Cuba on October 8, 2018. The forecast track is fairly set, he said.

Models are in good agreement that Michael will stay well to the west of SWFL.

"It's expected to become a Category 3 storm - a major hurricane". That's actually an encouraging total compared to the weather agency's $60 billion damage estimate from Florence.

Aside from causing power outages, flooding and property damage, Michael could also worsen a toxic algae bloom that has plagued Florida's beaches for a year. "We haven't seen anything like this in the Panhandle in decades", Scott said at the Escambia County Emergency Operations Center.

Florida State University announced it was closing for the week on Tuesday, along with schools in Leon County, home to the state capital Tallahassee. An Air Force spokesperson told Fox News that roughly 50 F-22 stealth fighter jets - valued around $150 million each - have been relocated from the Tyndall Air Force Base, while the U.S. Navy said it is moving all its training aircraft from Pensacola.

While they are monitoring the storm, some TT nationals whom Newsday spoke to are not unduly concerned.

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"Impacts to Georgia, including damaging winds, heavy rain, and brief, isolated tornadoes, are increasingly likely on Wednesday and Thursday", a tweet from the National Weather Service (NWS) in Atlanta warned.

Central Florida is not now in the cone of uncertainty as the Panhandle will apparently get the major impacts from the storm.

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