Store owner stays put for Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael is slated to hit the Florida Panhandle Oct. 10

But from the speed of the storm, Hurts said it seems more certain Michael's path won't slip east before it makes landfall. "It will be life-threatening and extremely unsafe". Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other unsafe conditions. "We are also working with federal, state and local officials to provide public shelter and accommodate those evacuating from other states", he said. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.

"The storm surge is absolutely deadly". Interests elsewhere across the southeastern United States should monitor the progress of Michael.

Wind speeds could increase to around 35-40 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service, and officials would be forced to close the Sunshine Skyway Bridge if maximum sustained winds reach the 40 miles per hour threshold. It was located roughly 300 miles south-southwest of the mouth of Tampa Bay and traveling north at around 12 mph.

The eastern ridge of the storm will gradually weaken as the western trough moves across land. As a result, the northeastern Gulf Coast is undergoing mandatory evacuations - that includes the Florida Panhandle (stretching into Big Bend) as well as parts of southeast Alabama and southern Georgia.

If it makes landfall as a Category 4, it'll be the strongest hurricane to hit the Florida Panhandle in recorded history, CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said.

Hurricane Michael is barreling toward the Florida Panhandle as it nears a Category 4 storm, but Central Florida is still expected to feel its impacts.

Hurricane Michael strengthened into a Category 4 storm early on Wednesday before it was expected to plow into Florida's Gulf shore with towering waves and roof-shredding winds as 500,000 people were under evacuation orders and advisories. On the other extreme are several models, including the European one, that predict Michael will move more slowly but reach SC near the coastline overnight Thursday and reach North Carolina's Outer Banks by late Friday.

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A "Wall of Water" is now threatening thousands of residents along the Gulf Coast. The water has the potential to reach the following heights above ground if peak surge occurs at the time of high tide...

"We are catching some hell", said Timothy Thomas, who rode out the storm with his wife in their second-floor apartment in Panama City Beach.

A red flag, warning of unsafe conditions, is seen on a pier in advance of Hurricane Michael in Pensacola, Florida, U.S. October 9, 2018.

There was no change in the watches and warnings lineup from the previous advisory. Hurricane conditions are possible within the hurricane watch area by Wednesday.

Michael is forecast to hit the Florida coast Wednesday before moving over Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas Wednesday night and Thursday. No longer. Michael was expected to bring surging seas up 9 feet (2.75 metres) above ground level at Keaton Beach.

Florida's Governor Rick Scott has declared a state emegency in 35 counties along the Panhandle and Florida's Big Bend regions - including the state capital Tallahassee.

Rainfall of four to eight inches, and as much as a foot in isolated areas, "could lead to life-threatening flash floods", according to the NHC, which also warned that the storm's approach could spawn tornados in north-western Florida. Some parts of the Carolinas - recently deluged by Hurricane Florence - and southern Virginia could see up to 6 inches, the hurricane center said.

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