Hurricane Michael Makes Landfall At Cat 4 In Florida, Winds To Increase Until Overnight, Georgia Expects Flooding

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Hurricane Michael made landfall as a catastrophic, unprecedented Category 4 storm on the Florida Panhandle with a life-threatening storm surge and over 100 mph winds possible not just near the coast, but also inland that could leave some areas without power for over a week.

Florida Panhandle Region Residents Prepare For Hurricane Michael

Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida, around 12:30 p.m. CDT with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph and a minimum pressure of 919 millibars.

 

Michael is currently centered about 30 miles east-northeast of Panama City and about 60 miles west of Tallahassee. Michael is moving north-northeastward.

 

An extreme wind warning has been issued until 4:15 p.m. EDT for southern Jackson, Gulf, Bay, Calhoun, Liberty and southeastern Washington counties where winds in excess of 130 mph are moving onshore. This is an extremely dangerous and life-threatening situation. Treat this warning as if a tornado was approaching and move immediately to the safe room in your shelter, advises the National Weather Service.

 

Rain from Michael has spread across northern Florid into southeastern Alabama and southwestern Georgia.

 

Water levels will continue to rise and a storm surge of over 7.7 feet has already been reported at Apalachicola. Cedar Key has seen a storm surge of over 5 feet.

Destructive winds continue spread northward into the Florida Panhandle.

An observing site near Tyndall Airforce Base, near Panama City, measured a wind gust to 130 mph Wednesday afternoon and a wind gust to 106 mph was reported at Port St. Joe early. Apalachicola Regional Airport measured sustained winds of 63 mph with a gust to 89 mph midday Wednesday and Saint George island recorded a wind gust of 70 mph Wednesday morning.

 

 

A storm surge warning is in effect from the Okaloosa/Walton County line in Florida to Anclote River, Florida. This means that life-threatening storm surge inundation will occur in the warning area and be highest during landfall Wednesday.

Storm surge watches are in effect from Anclote River, Florida, to Anna Maria Island, Florida, including Tampa Bay. This means life-threatening storm surge inundation is possible in the watch area.

A storm surge watch has also been issued for portions of North Carolina from Ocracoke Inlet to Duck.

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett

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