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Potentially Catastrophic Hurricane Michael heading for the Florida Panhandle




…ALL PREPARATIONS AND EVACUATIONS MUST BE COMPLETED TODAY…MICHAEL WILL BE MAKING LANDFALL TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2018…


As of this morning, Hurricane Michael is forecast to make landfall very close to Panama City, Florida around mid day tomorrow as a major hurricane. Note: Current intensity forecast may be a little too conservative depending on if Michael is able to go through a rapid intensification phase just before landfall or not.


1. Hurricane Michael is expected to make landfall as a major
hurricane along the Florida Panhandle or western Big Bend on
Wednesday. Conditions will begin to deteriorate late tonight into
early Wednesday.


2. The greatest threats include the danger of life threatening storm
surge along the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend coastlines and
damaging winds that will result in widespread power outages that may
last days to even more than a week in some areas. In
addition, localized flash flooding and a few tornadoes are possible.


3. With evacuation orders in effect, follow the guidance of local
emergency management and evacuate if told to do so.


This timeframe is when the greatest impacts (potentially
catastrophic) from Hurricane Michael will be felt across the area.
Michael continues to strengthen as it moves northward and enters the
southern Gulf of Mexico and is forecast to become a major hurricane
before landfall. Since yesterday, the global models are in better
agreement with the overall speed and track of Michael which
increases confidence in an eventual landfall across the Florida
Panhandle or western Big Bend Wednesday. Significant impacts will
occur as early as Tuesday evening to early Wednesday. Life
threatening storm surge, downed trees and powerlines causing
widespread and long lasting power outages, structural damage
impacting homes and businesses, isolated tornadoes, and flash
flooding are all expected. Your hurricane preparations should be
completed early today.

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