Hurricane Michael nearly a cat. 3 in the Gulf

Panhandle landfall expected tomorrow

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
October 09, 2018 - 10:11 am

With top sustained winds of 110 miles per hour, Hurricane Michael was just one mile per hour shy of becoming a major hurricane with the 10:00am advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

"Additional strengthening is expected, and Michael is forecast to be a major hurricane at landfall in Florida," forecaster said. "On the forecast track, the center of Michael will move across the eastern Gulf of Mexico through tonight."

Where is Michael headed?

"The center of Michael is then expected to move inland over the Florida Panhandle or Florida Big Bend area on Wednesday, and then move northeastward across the southeastern United States Wednesday night and Thursday, and move off the Mid-Atlantic coast away from the United States by Friday."

The hurricane center is calling for storm surge of up to 12 feet in Florida.

"The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline."

Forecasters say in addition to the dangerous wind and surge, rainfall is a major concern.

The Florida Panhandle and Big Bend, southeast Alabama, and southern Georgia could see 4 to 8 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches.

"This rainfall could lead to life threatening flash floods."

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