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300 miles of Florida coastline on hurricane alert

300 miles of Florida coastline on hurricane alert

He specifically pointed to forecasts of 8-12 feet of storm surge that could reach miles in from shore.

"Life-threatening storm surge is expected along more than 325 miles of coastline, and the area of tropical storm force winds now extend more than 300 miles across". "Do not think you can survive it".

The last major hurricane to hit the Panhandle was Hurricane Dennis in 2005, according to hurricane center data.

"For emergencies, please call 911 and do not hesitate to call the Consulate at +1-646-630-2575 for further assistance" the consulate said on its Twitter account. "This is the real thing, a significant threat to life and safety".

"There's nothing between us and this storm but warm water and I think that's what terrifies us about the potential impacts".

Hurricane Michael is forecast to barrel its way through the states of Alabama and Georgia, as well as parts of MS and Tennessee, during the same day.

Rick Scott issued a state of emergency for 26 counties on Sunday, as member station WFSU reports.

Hurricane Michael is expected to reach Florida's Panhandle region sometime Wednesday, before slowly moving through the bottom half of the southeastern United States over the next day. Some parts of Alabama are under tropical storm watches or warnings. High surf warnings were in effect already at the Alabama coast. "And that amount of rain could lead to some flash flooding and the possibility that there could be a couple of tornadoes".

Hurricane Michael gained new strength on course for north Florida. During a Category 3 hurricane, the storm will have sustained winds of at least 111 miles per hour and "devastating damage" is expected.




A hurricane warning is in effect for Florida cities including Tallahassee, Panama City, Apalachicola and Pensacola.

Hurricane-force winds and strong rain were being felt in Cuba.

Michael brought heavy rainfall and hurricane-force winds to western Cuba on Monday, with its center brushing close to the island as the storm headed into the Gulf of Mexico.

Besides the risky storm surge, residents should also prepare for torrential rain and major flooding, Scott said, with 4 to 8 inches of rain expected and even 12 inches possible in some areas.

"Take this seriously and keep your family safe", Scott said from Bay County on Monday.

Scott has declared a state of emergency in 35 counties in Florida. Based on the latest analysis from the NHC, surge inundation flooding of 9 to 13 feet is possible in vulnerable areas between Mexico Beach and Keaton Beach. "Storm preparations should be rushed to completion today and Tuesday".

Mandatory evacuation orders were issued on Monday for residents in various areas in Florida's Gulf and Bay counties, according to a statement from county emergency officials.

Now ranked as a category-1 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson wind scale, Michael could grow into a category-3 storm, with the power to uproot trees, block roads and knock out power for days by the time it hits Florida on Wednesday.

In a Facebook post, Wakulla County Sheriff's Office said no shelters would be open because Wakulla County shelters were rated safe only for hurricanes with top sustained winds below 111mph. Residents are being urged to evacuate inland.

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