Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Track live forecasts of river flooding ahead of Hurricane Michael

Track live forecasts of river flooding ahead of Hurricane Michael

Besides the risky storm surge, residents should also prepare for torrential rain and major flooding, Scott said, with 4 to 8 inches of rain expected and even 12 inches possible in some areas.

Hurricane Michael will make landfall along the Gulf Coast Wednesday as a Category 3 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center.

In the small Panhandle city of Apalachicola, Mayor Van Johnson Sr. said the 2,300 residents are frantically preparing for a major hurricane strike that could be unlike any seen there in decades. The storm is strengthening as it crosses the Gulf of Mexico, and the hurricane is predicted to be a major storm when it hits the Florida panhandle on Wednesday.

Maul's warning to local officials echoed concerns he raised to staff members in Tallahassee earlier Tuesday about shelters coming online at the last minute.

The storm was forecast to move through the southeastern United States on Wednesday and Thursday, passing through Georgia and the Carolinas, which are still recovering from Hurricane Florence last month. According to the hurricane center, hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center of Michael, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles. Up to 15 inches of rain is possible near where the storm makes landfall. "That means the water will come miles in shore and could easily be over the roofs of houses", Scott said.

Data from a NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 125 miles per hour (205 km/h) with higher gusts.

Cedar Key to Crystal River could see storm surges topping 6-8 feet.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency had numerous teams deployed and ready to respond, said FEMA spokesman Jeff Byard. "There are warnings for more than 300 miles of coastline".

Hurricane warnings are in effect from the Alabama/Florida state line to the Suwanee River along Florida's Big Bend.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, Florida's Democratic nominee for governor, had planned to campaign in South Florida on Monday and Tuesday, but instead threw himself into helping his city's residents fill sandbags and get their storm preparations completed.

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"The storm surge is absolutely deadly".

"This rainfall could lead to life-threatening flash floods and mudslides", the NHC warned. "Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other risky conditions", the hurricane center said.

The storm was about 220 kilometres east-northwest of Cozumel, Mexico, with maximum sustained winds of winds of 120 kilometres per hour, forecasters said. He focused on islands off the coast whose bridges may close as the storm approaches. "And then you're riding it out in your auto instead of something else. We don't know. And we don't know exactly where it's going to hit yet".

"There's nothing between us and this storm but warm water and I think that's what terrifies us about the potential impacts".

"I feel like that they should've provided something", she said. Many filled sandbags, boarded up homes and lined up to buy gas and groceries.

In Georgia, Gov. Nathan Deal declared an emergency for 92 counties.

Gov. Rick Scott issued a State of Emergency Sunday for 26 counties in anticipation for the storm.

Neighbors in Alabama - the entire state is under an emergency declaration - also were bracing.

"Hurricane Michael will be here TONIGHT". "Residents and businesses in coastal Alabama must be vigilant and closely monitor the storm's path and be prepared for a major hurricane".

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