Panovich: Hurricane Michael will bring heavy rain to the Carolinas

10 October, 2018, 09:52 | Author: Courtney Reynolds
  • Panovich: Hurricane Michael will bring heavy rain to the Carolinas

On Monday and Tuesday, the storm has taken advantage of low wind shear-allowing it to maintain a tight circulation and organized vertical structure-as well as warm, late-summer waters in the Gulf of Mexico to intensify.

Michael also could dump up to 30 centimetres of rain over some Panhandle communities before it sweeps over Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia on Wednesday and Thursday (Thursday and Friday NZT). The National Hurricane Center has enacted hurricane, tropical storm, and storm surge warnings for more than 300 miles of the Florida coast.

"#Michael could produce three life-threatening hazards along portions of the northeastern Gulf Coast: storm surge, heavy rainfall, and hurricane-force winds, with storm surge and hurricane watches in effect", the NHC said on Twitter.

A year ago saw a string of catastrophic storms batter the western Atlantic - including Irma, Maria and Hurricane Harvey - causing a record-equaling $125 billion in damage when it flooded the Houston metropolitan area. Landfall is expected Wednesday on Florida's northeast Gulf Coast.

Hurricane Michael is expected to make landfall on the Florida Panhandle as a powerful Category 4 hurricane.

Hurricane Michael, now a Category 2 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, is expected to build to a Category 3 hurricane before making landfall on Wednesday.

"Weakening is expected after landfall as Michael moves across the south-eastern United States".

By 5 p.m. Monday, Michael's top sustained winds were around 80 miles per hour (129 kph) as it headed north at 9 miles per hour (14.5 kph).

The speed of the storm - Michael was moving north 12 mph - gave many people a dwindling number of hours to prepare or flee before being caught up in damaging wind and rain.

Rick Knabb, a former NHC head, urged locals in Michael's path to waste no time in evacuating.

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Disaster agencies in El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua reported 13 deaths as roofs collapsed and residents were carried away by swollen rivers. But the surging seawater could also create perilous problems far from the coast, raising rivers and bays to risky levels as it pushes as much as 10 to 15 miles inland.

Governor Scott also warned in a news conference that Hurricane Michael is a "massive storm that could bring total devastation to parts of our state, especially in the panhandle".

Forecasters in Alabama warned of possible tornados.

"If you're responsible for a patient, you're responsible for the patient".

"We can take quite a bit of rain, but the folks in the Carolinas can't right now", Orrock said.

Some feared significant tree damage and power outages in Florida's capital city.

"Today it is about life and safety", Gillum said.

Bay County sheriff Tommy Ford said: "I am not seeing the level of traffic on the roadways that I would expect when we've called for the evacuation of 75% of this county". Many filled sandbags and boarded up homes and lined up to buy gas and groceries before leaving town.

Tropical-storm-force winds will be felt in the area starting early Wednesday, and mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders already have been issued in at least 16 Florida counties along and near the state's Panhandle and Big Bend coasts.

Mandatory evacuations are underway for Citrus County residents living in Zone A, or in mobile homes.

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