Here's how Hurricane Michael could impact Maryland

Here's how Hurricane Michael could impact Maryland

Here's how Hurricane Michael could impact Maryland

Hurricane Michael will make landfall along the Gulf Coast Wednesday as a Category 3 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Michael was 390 miles south of Panama City, Fl., at 5 a.m. ET this morning, moving north-northwest at 12 mph with sustained winds of 90 mph.

Past year saw a string of catastrophic storms batter the western Atlantic - including Irma, Maria and Harvey, which caused a record-equaling $125 billion in damage when it flooded the Houston metropolitan area. A hurricane watch is in effect from the Alabama-Florida border eastward to the Suwanee River, and tropical storm watches have been issued from the Suwanee River to Anna Maria Island and from the Alabama-Florida border to the Mississippi-Alabama border.

The NHC warned that the waves and rain could trigger deadly flooding, and that residents within the hurricane warning zone should likewise "prepare for life-threatening winds".

Hurricane Michael has grown stronger as it moves toward a landfall in the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday, with its maximum sustained winds reaching 110 miles per hour.

Michael is forecast to become a category four hurricane before it reaches the coast of Florida.

Each line is a different forecast model projection for the track of Michael later this week.

The storm is strengthening and expected to hit the Florida Gulf Coast as a risky major hurricane Wednesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Volusia County Beach Safety secured non-essential equipment off of the beach due to the predicted wind and swell, said spokeswoman Captain Tamara Malphurs.


With an officiant standing in front of them, the couple said their vows on the beach as brisk winds brushed them. The governors of Alabama and Georgia also made emergency declarations.

Michael also wreaked havoc in the Caribbean. "We need to be ready for this", NHC Director Ken Graham said in an update Tuesday morning, urging people in the storm's path to finish preparations and evacuate if they're in an emergency area.

The storm is forecast to make landfall near Panama City, Florida, as a strong Category 3 on Wednesday afternoon.

Gov. Rick Scott reiterated his warnings Monday evening during a news conference in Escambia County, encouraging residents along the coast to follow any evacuations orders as soon as possible.

Some feared significant tree damage and power outages in Florida's capital city. As a result, the northeastern Gulf Coast is undergoing mandatory evacuations - that includes the Florida Panhandle (stretching into Big Bend) as well as parts of southeast Alabama and southern Georgia.

Other locations in the state are under voluntary evacuation.

There will be no shelters open in Wakulla County, the sheriff's office warned on Facebook, because they are rated safe only for hurricanes with top sustained winds below 111 miles per hour (178 kph).

Since the storm will spend two to three days over the Gulf of Mexico, which has warm water and favorable atmospheric conditions, "there is a real possibility that Michael will strengthen to a major hurricane before landfall", Robbie Berg, a hurricane specialist at the Miami-based storm forecasting hub, wrote in an advisory.

Even neighbors in Alabama were bracing.

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