Hurricane Michael, a Category 4 storm, is heading toward Florida's Gulf Coast, where it's expected to make landfall Wednesday. Michael is expected to bring heavy rain, life-threatening storm surge, and dangerous winds to Florida. Some of those effects ...and more »
Hurricane Michael path: State of emergency in Alabama, Georgia, Florida - Business Insider
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Hurricane Michael, a Category 4 storm, is heading toward Florida's Gulf Coast, where it's expected to make landfall Wednesday.
Michael is expected to bring heavy rain, life-threatening storm surge, and dangerous winds to Florida. Some of those effects are already being felt.
States of emergency are in place in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.
The National Weather Service has called the storm "extremely dangerous" and said those subject to a hurricane warning should "PREPARE NOW," adding, "You are quickly running out of time."
An estimated 500,000 people are under evacuation orders and advisories in Florida alone.
Georgia, Alabama, and Florida have declared states of emergency as Hurricane Michael, an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm, is due to make landfall in Florida on Wednesday and hammer the region over the next few days.
The storm is likely to dump heavy rain over Florida, Alabama, Virginia, Georgia, and the Carolinas — which are still recovering from Hurricane Florence.
The National Hurricane Center forecasts up to a foot of rain for some areas.
As of 5 a.m. ET on Wednesday, the hurricane's eye was 140 miles from Panama City, Florida. The storm is forecast to move toward the Florida Panhandle and move northeast through the US on Wednesday and Thursday before moving off land and into the Atlantic on Friday.
Gov. Kay Ivey of Alabama issued a state-wide state of emergency on Monday "in anticipation of wide-spread power outages, wind damage, and debris produced by high winds and heavy rain associated with Hurricane Michael."
Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia issued an emergency declaration for 92 counties in the southern part of the state. "The emergency declaration is effective for seven days and makes all state resources available to local governments and entities within the impacted area of the hurricane," his office said.
An estimated 500,000 people were under evacuation orders and advisories in Florida alone, he said.
In Florida, which is expected to be first hit and most affected, "life-threatening" storm surge of up to 13 feet is forecast along with up to a foot of rain, which could cause deadly flash flooding.
The National Weather Service has produced a graphic for when tropical-storm-force winds may arrive in each state.
The earliest reasonable arrival times of tropical-storm-force winds from Hurricane Michael as of 5 a.m. ET on Wednesday.
National Hurricane Center
The National Weather Service on Tuesday tweeted that those subject to a hurricane warning should "PREPARE NOW," adding, "You are quickly running out of time."
The Southeast should brace for "major infrastructure damage," specifically to electricity distribution, wastewater treatment systems, and transportation networks, Jeff Byard, the associate administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, told reporters on a conference call, Reuters reported.
While a state of emergency has not been declared in Virginia or the Carolinas, authorities are preparing for effects from the hurricane.
The 72-hour rainfall forecast from Hurricane Michael.
National Hurricane CenterTropical-storm-force winds, heavy rainfall, possible isolated tornadoes, coastal flooding, and dangerous surf conditions are possible in South Carolina, according to the National Weather Service.
A tropical-storm warning has been issued for some areas, which means tropical-storm conditions are possible within 48 hours.
Gov. Roy Cooper of North Carolina warned Tuesday that the storm could cause flash flooding, storm surge, downed trees, and possibly power failures. He said flood-prone areas should pay attention to evacuation notices if rivers began to rise.
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