Unlike Florence, which seemed to take her sweet time coming to the mainlaind, Michael just kind of sprang up in the past few days. It was a tropical depression in the Gulf Of Mexico, and very quickly moved to a Category 3. Today, as it makes landfall, it is a Category 4.
Here’s the latest:
• The hurricane is expected to be the strongest recorded storm to make landfall on the Panhandle. “This will be a catastrophic event the likes of which this region has never seen,” the National Weather Service office in Tallahassee, Fla., warned.
• The storm was about 65 miles south-southwest of Panama City, Fla., as of 10 a.m., moving toward the coast at 13 m.p.h., according to the National Hurricane Center
• The eye of Michael is expected to make landfall in the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday afternoon, tracking northeast across Georgia and the Carolinas on Thursday before moving off the Mid-Atlantic coast on Friday.
• Weather forecasters and government officials are particularly worried about a storm surge, which they said could reach 13 feet in some areas, in a relatively flat region that is particularly vulnerable to it.
• Flash flooding is also a concern. The Florida Panhandle and Big Bend region, southeast Alabama and parts of Georgia could receive four to eight inches of rain, with some spots getting as much as a foot.
• Governors in three states — Florida, Alabama and Georgia — have declared states of emergency, with mandatory evacuations in effect in coastal areas across the Florida Panhandle.
It will hit North Carolina tomorrow evening.
I have Hamilton tickets.
Updates throughout today below:
Category 4 Hurricane Michael as it approaches the Florida Panhandle with 145 mph winds.— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 10, 2018
• Less than 60 miles SSW of Panama City, FL
• 14 feet of storm surge possible in some areas
• FL Gov. Scott: "The worst storm that the FL Panhandle has seen in over a century." pic.twitter.com/rPeCtsqgTb
Fuck. And they are saying that it is still strengthening
BREAKING: Cat. 4 Hurricane Michael makes landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida, southeast of Panama City, with 155 mph winds – just 2 mph below Cat. 5 strength. https://t.co/yZjIQ6mvms pic.twitter.com/wEu7C8aPbj— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 10, 2018
Crap, the live images!
3rd Strongest Storm ever. The strongest storm in 50 years (since Camille)
UPDATE: Make that the 2nd strongest storm ever. It was 1 mph shy of a Category 5