Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

WDRB SkyCam captures video as Hurricane Michael nears coast

WDRB SkyCam captures video as Hurricane Michael nears coast

Governor Rick Scott said it is posed to be the most destructive hurricane to hit that area in decades. "As you get into the Big Bend area, this is going to be bad for those folks". Isolated areas could get 12 inches and life-threatening flash floods.

Hurricane Michael could bring heavy rain and high winds to parts of Maryland later this week, but extreme flooding did not pose an enormous risk to most of the state as of Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

Hurricane Florence pounded SC in September, particularly the state's northeastern counties, causing flooding, evacuations and millions of dollars in damage to homes, roads and bridges. "Storm surge can occur before, during, or after the center of a storm passes through an area".

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

Devastating hurricane effects are expected to expand inland far beyond the coast. It had come together rapidly over the previous 24 hours, forecasters said, emerging from Central America instead of blowing a long course across the Atlantic Ocean. "Even if your flight is not canceled, you may make a one-time change to your ticket without fee if you are scheduled to travel to, from, or through the following destination (s) on Delta, Delta Connection, or Delta-coded flights during the specified time periods listed below", Delta said on its website.

After striking Florida, Michael is forecast to move up the East Coast on October 10 and October 11 plowing through the Carolinas, still recovering from Hurricane Florence last month.

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Forecasters have warned that Michael's strength could be "catastrophic" for communities in its path - anywhere from Pensacola on the western flank of the Florida Panhandle to Tampa.

Forecasters expect the storm to pass well west of Tampa Bay but carry the potential for 2 to 4 feet of storm surge — similar to the amount brought in by Hurricane Irma past year.

CNN reports that such language is warranted, for Michael is now "slashing Cuba" and is expected to reach Category 3 status (with sustained winds from 111-129 mph) by Wednesday when it reaches the us mainland. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 kilometers) from the storm's center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 kilometers). Landfall is projected Wednesday - although models differ on whether it will occur early or late in the day.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Alabama-Florida border to Suwannee River Florida.

On the Panhandle, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan warned residents during a news conference Monday evening that if they stay, first responders won't be able to reach them during the storm or immediately after. Some southern Alabama counties were under a tropical storm watch Monday afternoon.

"This storm will be life-threatening and extremely unsafe", Scott said Sunday after receiving a briefing at the State Emergency Operations Center. Like a bulldozer, the storm will be able push a vast amount of ocean water inland, potentially inundating homes, roads and businesses on the coast. Up to 4 inches were expected to fall through Tuesday. High tides are extra high this week because of the new moon Tuesday.

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