Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Sci-tech | By Eric Barnett

Hurricane Michael strikes Florida, moves to Carolinas as tropical storm

Hurricane Michael strikes Florida, moves to Carolinas as tropical storm

The hurricane is also expected to bring a storm surge up to 14 feet high.

In the hours before landfall, Michael rapidly intensified, strengthening from a Category 1 to a strong Category 4 in less than 36 hours - consistent with recent research on climate change's impact on storms.

"Water will come miles in shore and could easily rise over the roofs of houses", he said. A National Ocean Service water level station at Apalachicola recently reported almost 6.5 feet of inundation above ground level.

"Michael will steadily weaken as it crosses the south-eastern United States through Thursday night, becoming a tropical storm by Thursday morning".

Mulligan and her family rode out Hurricane Michael in their Mexico Beach condo.

Search and rescue teams have been deployed the hardest hit areas, including Panama City and Mexico Beach. The storm had top sustained winds of 96 kph and was moving to the northeast at 32 kph. Cloud water releases a burst of heat, and hurricanes love heat.

After ramping up in intensity with maximum sustained winds of 150 miles per hour, Category 4 Hurricane Michael was zeroing in on landfall in an area now being pinpointed between St. Vincent Island and Panama City.

North and SC are both still recovering from Hurricane Florence, which left dozens dead and caused billions of dollars in damage last month.

As the storm continues to move up across the Appalachians and eventually off the Mid-Atlantic Coast and then out to sea, it will brush Southern New England.

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The dire verdict is due in part to the extremely rapid strengthening of the storm, from Category 2 in the morning.

The hurricane made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida, at around 2pm on Wednesday, according to the NHC.

Based on wind speed, it was the fourth-strongest, behind Andrew in 1992, Camille, and the biggest one of all, an unnamed 1935 Labor Day storm that had winds of 296kph. Numerous same counties are also under flash flood warnings.

Damage in Panama City was even worse, at one point forcing 11Alive's own crews to take shelter as every object not tied to the ground became a risky projectile.

This map shows the probable path of Hurricane Michael which made landfall Wednesday.

After Michael left the Panhandle late Wednesday, Kaylee O'Brien was crying as she sorted through the remains of the apartment she shared with three roommates at Whispering Pines apartments, where the smell of broken pine trees was thick in the air.

A pine tree punched a hole in their roof, and Beu's ears popped because of the drop in barometric pressure from the storm. Flooding was reported in and around Upstate South Carolina just after dawn, including areas of southbound Interstate 385, near Interstate 85.

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". Storm surge warnings were in place along the Florida and Alabama coasts. It'll dry out for the Sox game in time and be dry again Sunday.

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