Three counties ordered to evacuate as Hurricane Michael barrels toward Florida Panhandle

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Unfortunately, yes, more rain expected with Hurricane Michael brewing in the Gulf of Mexico

As of 8 a.m. Tuesday, Michael was churning with 100 miles per hour winds.

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 USA mainland.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 km).

The storm could strengthen into a Category 2 hurricane Tuesday, and could hit the Panhandle by Wednesday. "That's the criticality of following directions". On Monday, he advised residents to ensure they had three days' worth of food, water and necessary medications.

That means South Floridians already experiencing the annual "King Tides" - the highest tides of the year - could see more flooding as the ehavy rainfall takes longer to drain away. But it is a situation that you need to respect and remain calm and informed. It's as simple as that.

Central Florida is not now in the cone of uncertainty as the Panhandle will apparently get the major impacts from the storm. "Do not think you can survive it". Rain coverage will begin to expand into the region Wednesday, with the heaviest rain likely Thursday into Friday morning. Fong, who lives in Miami, said he has stocked up on essentials and is keeping abreast of news on Michael.

"The majority of impact on our area will be Tuesday night and Wednesday", said Paul Close, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Ruskin.

In neighboring Alabama, Governor Kay Ivey declared an emergency for the entire state on Monday in anticipation of wind damage, heavy rains and power outages.

"Hurricane Michael is forecast to be the most destructive storm to hit the Florida Panhandle in decades", Gov. Rick Scott said. With Michael's winds projected to be even stronger than that, Wakulla County residents were urged to evacuate inland.

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In the Florida Panhandle, from Navarre, eastward is a Storm Surge Warning.

President Trump, speaking at a law enforcement convention in Florida, said his administration is prepared to deal with the impacts of Hurricane Michael.

The National Hurricane Center has issued hurricane and storm-surge warnings for parts of the Florida coast.

Additionally, we have a Storm Surge Watch up for Tampa Bay Waters as well as High Surf Advisories, Rip Current Advisories and a Small Craft Advisory.

A hurricane Warning was issued from the Alabama-Florida border eastward to Suwannee River.

From the Florida Panhandle into Southern Georgia, the impending storm could bring 4 to 8 inches of rain, according to the NHC, with as much as 12 inches in certain areas. The Alabama Emergency Management Agency is also authorized to make appropriate assessments of damages following the storm.

Michael's trek to Florida is also affecting politics in the state.

The storm is then forecast to move northeast along the Atlantic Coast and batter the Carolinas, which are still recovering from Hurricane Florence last month. "It looks like another big one", he added.

These strong winds, along with the *much* stronger winds near Michael's center, will lead to rough seas in the Gulf of Mexico through mid week.

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