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Hurricane Michael becomes Category 4 storm, targets Florida Panhandle -- live updates

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) says Hurricane Michael is packing even more punch: It strengthened into a Category 4 storm early Wednesday, with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph. According to the NHC's latest advisory, Michael could produce a life-threatening storm surge as high as 13 feet and dump as much as a foot of rain in some places.

Weather officials say Michael has been drawing energy from warm Gulf of Mexico waters, with ocean temperatures in the mid-80s.

The NHC said Michael should make landfall midday Wednesday in the Florida Panhandle or Florida "Big Bend" area. The storm is then forecast to weaken as it moves through the Southeastern United States.

States of emergency were in effect in Florida, Alabama and Georgia.

The unexpected brute that quickly sprang from a weekend tropical depression rose in days to a catastrophic system. Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Michael could be the most destructive storm to hit the Panhandle in decades. "This storm is dangerous, and if you don't follow warnings from officials, this storm could kill you," he said at a news conference.

Florida officials said roughly 375,000 people up and down the Gulf Coast had been urged or ordered to evacuate.

"We don't know if it's going to wipe out our house or not," Jason McDonald, of Panama City, said as he and his wife drove north into Alabama with their two children, ages 5 and 7. "We want to get them out of the way." Coastal residents rushed to board up their homes and stock up on bottled water and other supplies.

A look at the projected storm track for Hurricane Michael as of 3 a.m. ET on Wed., Oct. 10, 2018.

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Michael now "extremely dangerous" Category 4 hurricane

Hurricane Michael strengthened into a fierce Category 4 storm early Wednesday, with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.

Forecasters said Michael could produce a life-threatening storm surge as high as 13 feet in some areas and as much as a foot of rain in some spots.

As of 2 a.m., Michael was some 180 miles south-southwest of Panama City, Florida and about 170 miles southwest of Apalachicola, Florida, moving due north at a steady clip of 12 mph.

"On its forecast track," the center said, "the center of Michael will move across the northeastern Gulf of Mexico this morning. The center of Michael's eye is then expected to move inland over the Florida Panhandle or Florida Big Bend area later today, move northeastward across the southeastern United States tonight and Thursday, and then move off the Mid-Atlantic coast away from the United States on Friday."

Hurricane Michael's projected path as of 2 a.m. EDT on Wed., Oct. 10, 2018.

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" ... Some additional strengthening is possible today before Michael makes landfall in the Florida Panhandle or the Florida Big Bend area. Weakening is expected after landfall as Michael moves across the Southeastern United States."

Hurricane-force winds extended outward up to 45 miles from Michael's eye and tropical-storm-force winds extended outward up to 175 miles.

The NHC said Michael will also up the threat of tornadoes Wednesday for parts of the Florida Panhandle, the northern Florida Peninsula and Southern Georgia.

National Weather Service posts image of Hurricane Michael's eye

The National Weather Service in Tampa Bay tweeted an image of Hurricane Michael's eye, which is now close enough to be monitored by land based radar at Eglin Air Force Base in Okaloosa County, Florida.

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The circular eye of dangerous category 3 Hurricane #Michael is now fully in view of land based radar from Eglin AFB...spinning to the south of Panama City Beach as of midnight Wednesday October 10th. #flwx @NWSTallahassee

12:11 PM - Oct 10, 2018 · Tampa, FL

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FAA urges travelers to check with airliners for cancellations, delays

The Federal Aviation Administration told travelers ahead of Hurricane Michael's arrival to closely monitor their airliner for status updates.

On its website, the FAA says, "because of Hurricane Michael, airlines are likely to cancel many flights in the direct path of the storm and the surrounding areas. Flights that are not cancelled may be delayed. Once Hurricane Michael makes ground fall, airports may be listed as 'open', but flooding on local roadways may limit access to airports for passengers, as well as the employees who work for the airlines or at the airport."

FAA provided links to various airline companies to check flight status:

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Hurricane Michael to become Category 4 storm before making landfall

Hurricane Michael's projected path as of 11 p.m. ET on Tue., Oct. 9, 2018.

 NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER

NHC said in its 11 p.m. advisory Hurricane Michael is expected to become a Category 4 storm before it makes landfall in the Florida Panhandle or the Florida Big Bend area Wednesday.

That would mean maximum sustained winds would be at least 130 mph.

After making landfall midday Wednesday, Michael is expected to weaken as it moves across the southeastern United States.

The storm was located about 220 miles south-southwest of Panama City, Florida, and about 200 miles south-southwest of Apalachicola, Florida. Michael is moving north at about 12 mph, NHC said.

Trump retweets Florida Gov. Rick Scott's warning

Late Tuesday night, President Trump relayed an important Twitter message from Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

Scott urged Floridians in an evacuation zone "to leave RIGHT NOW" and to "not risk your life or the lives of your loved ones."

Hurricane Michael is expected to make landfall on the Florida Panhandle by midday Wednesday.

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If you’re in an evacuation zone, I am urging you to leave RIGHT NOW. Do not risk your life or the lives of your loved ones- get out now.

9:41 AM - Oct 10, 2018

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Comparing Hurricane Michael to Hurricane Florence

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CBS News weather producer David Parkinson explained on CBSN the difference between the two most recent hurricanes to affect the United States.

Parkinson says Michael's landfall will be quick compared to Hurricane Florence, less than a day. Many Gulf Coast residents remember Hurricane Florence lingered for nearly four days.

It's also worthy to note Hurricane Michael will bring stronger winds than Hurricane Florence.

Hurricane Michael's forecast as of 8 p.m. ET

Hurricane Michael's projected path as of 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018. NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER

NHC released its 8 p.m. ET advisory to say that Hurricane Michael is becoming a better organized storm as it nears the Florida Panhandle.

Forecasters say Michael is expected to be near Category 4 when it makes landfall in the Florida Panhandle or the Florida Big Bend Area, NHC said.

Michael was located about 235 miles south-southwest of Apalachicola, Florida, pacing maximum sustained winds of 120 mph (unchanged since the last advisory).

Florida residents prepare for Hurricane Michael

Business and home owners in the Florida Panhandle rushed to fill sandbags and board up windows, CBS News' Omar Villafranca reports. Ambulances in Madison, Florida, are gassing up to be ready to respond to the Category 3 hurricane.

"We got to spend a couple of days here, only one day, hoping to wait it out," Nick Gillham told CBS News. His family, from Kentucky, aren't taking any chances and are cutting their beach trip short.

In Cedar Key, emergency sirens warn residents to leave by 8 p.m. Tuesday. Hundreds of thousands of people living near the shore have been ordered to evacuate, Villafranca reports.

Hurricane Michael has destructive, life-threatening storm surge

The National Hurricane Center has issued a warning about storm surge for the Florida Panhandle, Big Bend and Nature Coast.

NHC said the worst storm surge is expected to be between Mexico Beach and Keaton Beach where forecasters say 9 to 13 feet is possible.

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A destructive and life-threatening storm surge event will occur along portions of the Florida Panhandle, Big Bend, and Nature Coast on Wednesday and Wed night. The worst storm surge is expected to be between Mexico Beach and Keaton Beach where 9-13' of inundation is possible.

5:17 AM - Oct 10, 2018

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Hurricane Michael's forecast as of 5 p.m. ET

Hurricane Michael's projected path as of 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018. NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER

The NHC said Michael has strengthened into a major hurricane, Category 3, with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph. As of 5 p.m. ET Tuesday, it was located about 295 miles south of Panama City and about 270 miles south-southwest of Apalachicola, Florida. The storm is moving north at about 12 mph.

The NHC said Michael's center will move across the eastern Gulf of Mexico tonight.

The center of the storm is then expected to move inland over the Florida Panhandle or Florida Big Bend area Wednesday, and then move northeastward across the southeastern United States Wednesday night and Thursday. It's forecast to move off the Mid-Atlantic coast and away from the United States on Friday.

Potential rainfall from Hurricane Michael

Forecasters said Huricane Michael could bring 3 to 6 inches of rain to Georgia, North and South Carolinas and Virginia, triggering flash flooding in a corner of the country still recovering from Florence.

"I know people are fatigued from Florence, but don't let this storm catch you with your guard down," North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said, adding, "A number of homes have rooftop tarps that could be damaged or blown away with this wind."

While Hurricane Florence wrung itself out for days and brought ruinous rains, fast-moving Michael is likely to be more about wind and storm surge.

Waves crash against the Malecon, triggered by the outer bands of Hurricane Michael, as tourists drive past in a classic American car in Havana, Cuba, on Tue, Oct. 9, 2018.

 AP

As Michael closed in on the U.S., it caused havoc in the Caribbean.

In Cuba, it dropped more than 10 inches of rain in places, flooding fields, damaging roads, knocking out power and destroying some homes in the western province of Pinar del Rio. Cuban authorities said they evacuated about 400 people from low-lying areas.

Disaster agencies in El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua reported 13 deaths as roofs collapsed and residents were carried away by swollen rivers.

Watches and warnings for Hurricane Michael

A Hurricane Warning is in effect from the Alabama-Florida border to Suwannee River, Florida.

Tropical Storm Warnings have been issued for the following areas

From Fernandina Beach, Florida, to South Santee River, South Carolina;

From the Alabama-Florida border to the Mississippi-Alabama border;

From Suwanee River Florida to Chassahowitzka Florida.

Tropical Storm Watches have been issued for the following areas

From South Santee River, South Carolina, to Duck, North Carolina, including Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds;

From Chassahowitzka to Anna Maria Island, Florida, including Tampa Bay;

From the Mississippi-Alabama border to the mouth of the Pearl River.

Mandatory evacuations

Mandatory evacuation orders went into effect for some 120,000 people in Panama City Beach and across other low-lying parts of the Gulf coast. The mandatory orders affected people in Bay County, Citrus County, Dixie County, Franklin County, Gulf County, Jackson County, Levy County, Okaloosa County, Taylor County, Wakulla County and Walton County.

More information on evacuation orders was available on the Florida Division of Emergency Management's website. Officials in Bay County said Tuesday they had not seen a rush of evacuees clogging roads inland -- a worry just hours before Michael's expected landfall.

Krystal Day, of Homosassa, Fla., left, leads a sandbag assembly line at the Old Port Cove restaurant on Tue., Oct. 9, 2018, in Ozello, Fla. Employees were hoping to protect the restaurant from floodwaters as Hurricane Michael continues to churn in the Gulf of Mexico heading for the Florida Panhandle.

 AP

Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford said he's "not seeing the level of traffic" he would expect when three-quarters of the county's residents are under mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders. At a press conference, Scott urged Floridians to heed evacuation orders.

"Evacuations are not fun," Scott said. "They're not convenient. There's nothing good about evacuations other than it's going to save your life."

"CBS Evening News" anchor Jeff Glor in Florida

Jeff Glor anchors Tuesday's "CBS Evening News" from Panama City Beach, Florida, as Hurricane Michael approaches the Florida Panhandle.

Watch on your CBS station or affiliate, or stream "Evening News" on CBSN tonight at 10 p.m. ET.

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Bama

The aftermath:

https://www.foxnews.com/us/about-1m-without-power-after-hurricane-michael-shreds-electric-grids-towns-flattened

About 1M without power after Hurricane Michael shreds electric grids; towns flattened
 

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About a million people remained in the dark Friday morning after Hurricane Michael left a trail of destruction that claimed at least six lives, flattened entire towns and "shattered" electrical grids.

The scenes were familiar across communities in Florida and Georgia: uprooted trees cracked like toothpicks, buildings with roofs peeled off, homes flattened into an unrecognizable landscape.

As dawn broke in Albany, Ga., residents arose to find trees sticking out of houses and blocking 100 intersections, local news station WRAL-TV reported.

Mexico Beach, Fla., looked as if a bomb had gone off as residents emerged to tally their losses. Twenty-three miles up the coast in Panama City, blocks of beachfront homes were obliterated and debris lay strewn aside overturned vehicles.

"We'll have to bulldoze and start over," Linda Marquardt, of Mexico Beach, said of her mud-filled home.

“It looks like an atomic bomb had hit our city,” David Barnes, of Panama City, told the Panama City News Herald. “Damage has been widespread.”

 


 

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will this mean they now get the opportunity to put all power and other cables under ground so they do not get a repeat

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More of the same:

http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/10/12/hurricane-michael-trashes-tyndall-air-force-base-bay-florida

'Widespread, Catastrophic Damage': Every Building at Tyndall AFB Totaled By Hurricane Michael
 

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Hurricane Michael caused "widespread, catastrophic damage" to Tyndall Air Force Base in Bay County, Fla., Shepard Smith reported Friday.

The United States Air Force used those terms to describe the devastation at the base, Smith said, adding that the compound took a "direct hit" from Michael's eye.

Included in the damage count were three F-22 Stealth Fighter Jet, each with a price tag of $143 million, according to Mike Tobin.

Tobin said there is "extensive damage to all the hangars."

 

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