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U.S. military moves command center as Hurricane Michael bears down

Infared satellite imagery shows Hurricane Michael in the Gulf of Mexico on Oct. 10 Infared satellite imagery shows Hurricane Michael in the Gulf of Mexico on Oct. 10
Doris Mccormick | 11 October, 2018, 12:50

But Kottlowski noted that meteorologists are still analyzing Hurricane Michael, and it's possible that it will be retroactively upgraded to Category 5 status based on wind speeds.

"This is the worst storm that the Florida Panhandle has seen in more than 100 years", said Rick Scott, the state governor.

A trash can and debris are blown down a street by Hurricane Michael on October 10, 2018, in Panama City, Florida.

Videos are emerging of the destruction the hurricane is causing across the region.

More than 375,000 people up and down the Gulf Coast were warned to evacuate, but many stayed behind.

Michael came ashore with winds just under a Category 5 storm.

A total of 453 flights had been cancelled on Wednesday across the country, with many occurring in the Florida area.

The death toll so far stands at one.

Trump was briefed on the hurricane on Wednesday prior to it making landfall and said he would visit the area early next week.

"We're going to do everything we can and send people out to keep people safe". Eastern time. The US Energy Information Administration said about 388,000 customers in Florida, 46,000 customers in Georgia, and 45,000 customers in Alabama were in the dark as the storm moved inland.

Forecasters said it would unleash damaging wind and rain all the way into the Carolinas, which are still recovering from Hurricane Florence's epic flooding.

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Tropical Storm Michael forms in the Caribbean
Michael was lashing western Cuba late Monday morning with heavy rains and strong winds , according to the hurricane center. A hurricane watch has been declared for the Alabama-Florida border to the Suwannee River in Florida.


The forecast cone for Hurricane Michael stretches all the way from Florida up to New Jersey. The hurricane's winds and waves were so strong, their rumblings were detected on seismometers - equipment created to measure earthquakes.

Panama City is also a mess of downed trees, and damaged buildings - as is likely the case throughout much of the surrounding areas in the Florida Panhandle.

Hurricane Michael is predicted to travel northeast across the southern US, reaching the Atlantic Ocean again on tomorrow night (Oct. 11).

A water-level station in Apalachicola, close to where Michael came ashore, reported a surge of almost 8 feet (2.5 meters).

"Safety is our first priority and most times it's a distraction when they are trying to restore service and it delays the process of getting the restoration services where it needs to be", said External Affairs Manager Theresa Robinson.

The Suwannee Valley is expected to experience sustained 40-50 miles per hour winds with gusts up to 75 miles per hour.

No storm remotely this strong has ever hit this part of Florida. Nadine is expected to fizzle out and dissipate in the open waters after running into wind shear, drier air and slightly cooler ocean temperatures, the hurricane center said.

The National Weather Service office in the state capital Tallahassee issued a dramatic appeal for people to comply with evacuation orders.

More than 380,000 homes and businesses were without power at the height of the storm. It gradually slowed to a sluggish pace of 5 miles per hour.

Characterized by strong winds and heavy rainfall, the hurricane of 1930 caused severe damage to the Dominican Republic.

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Hurricane Michael | Michael strengthens to Category 3 storm Hurricane Michael | Michael strengthens to Category 3 storm Scott is ensuring that state and local government has ample time, resources and flexibility to get prepared for this storm. For storm information specific to your area, please monitor products issued by your national meteorological service.