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Tracking Michael What You Need to Know

Michael was moving north at 12 miles per hour (19 kph) and is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and heavy rain to the northeastern Gulf Coast. The designation means tropical storm force winds (39 to 73 mph) are expected in the area within 48 hours.

Forecasters say some regions may see 12in (30cm) of rain, and storm surges of up to 12ft (3.6m). "But water levels in some parts of the Northeast Florida coast will still be high enough to overwhelm the dunes, which are relatively low and narrow".

On the Panhandle, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan warned residents during a news conference Monday evening that if they stay, first responders won't be able to reach them during the storm or immediately after. "That's the criticality of following directions".

Shannon remembers how previous hurricanes knocked out power in Florida's capital city, so he knows what's possible with Michael.

"My expectation is if you're responsible for a patient, you're responsible for the patient". It's as simple as that. "Current projections show large swaths of storm surge greater than nine feet above ground forecast across the region". "It will be life-threatening and extremely unsafe". "As Hurricane Michael nears landfall, we are working with state and local officials in Florida to take all necessary precautions", Trump said on Monday. He said Tuesday that he doesn't expect he'll get resupplied soon, because stations nearer to interstate highways will get priority.

"Guess what? That's today", Graham said.

The last major hurricane - Category 3 or above - to hit the Panhandle was Hurricane Dennis, which made landfall near Pensacola in 2005, according to hurricane center data. "There's nothing between us and this storm but warm water' and I think that's what terrifies us about the potential impacts".

He described Michael as a "monstrous hurricane".

The heaviest rain will tend to fall in areas that were missed by Florence and focused from the Florida Panhandle to southwestern and central Georgia to part of central SC.

The hurricane's effects will be felt far from its eye.

The governor also told Florida hospitals and nursing homes to do all they can to assure the safety of the frail and elderly.

Hurricane Warnings are in effect from the Alabama-Florida border to the Suwannee River, and a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Florida's west coast from the Suwannee River to Chassahowitzka.

Hurricane Michael is gaining strength as it lashes Cuba's western tip and lumbers northward toward the U.S.

Officially, the National Hurricane Center predicts the hurricane will come ashore with 125mph winds on Wednesday afternoon, but as always with the poorly understood intensification process, there remains some uncertainty.

The state governor warned people needed to heed mandatory evacuations as potential forecast storm surges of 3.7 metre-high waves would be deadly.

In addition to hurricane-force winds and heavy rain, storm surge flooding is a big concern along the Florida Gulf coast.

The cone of probability for Hurricane Michael as of 1 a.m. EDT on October 9, 2018. Up to 12 inches could fall there, threatening flash floods and mudslides, the hurricane center said Tuesday.

The center warned heavy rain, unsafe winds and life-threatening storm surges were possible across Western Cuba on Monday as winds picked up speed on the Gulf Coast.

"Hurricane Michael is a monstrous storm, and the forecast keeps getting more risky", Gov. Rick Scott said at a morning news conference.

Tolls have been lifted in Northwest Florida to ease evacuation, and Scott said fuel distribution is being watched, though there haven't been "widespread fuel shortages or outages". As such, he's declared a state of emergency in three dozen counties while ordering evacuations for 10 counties, including Panama City Beach.

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