Hurricane Michael - Potentially Catastrophic for Florida Panhandle USA
Major Hurricane Michael Poses a Very Serious Threat to the Southeast U.S.
Major Hurricane Michael is forecast to make landfall in the FL Panhandle on Wednesday. Life-threatening storm surge expected along the Panhandle, Big Bend and Nature Coast. Very dangerous winds are expected along the coast, and hurricane-force winds will be felt far inland, including parts of GA and AL. Heavy rainfall is likely to cause inland flash flooding. Tornadoes are also possible. NHC
"...POTENTIALLY CATASTROPHIC HURRICANE MICHAEL HEADING TOWARD THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE......LIFE-THREATENING STORM SURGE...HURRICANE FORCE WINDS...AND HEAVY RAINFALL IMMINENT..."
"Reports from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 145 mph(230 km/h) with higher gusts. Michael is an extremely dangerous category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some additional strengthening is possible before landfall. After landfall, Michael should weaken as it crosses the southeasternUnited States."
There are Storm Surge warnings of up to 14feet if it coincides with high tide. tropical storm conditions are already affecting the Gulf coast but Hurricane conditions will also spread well inland across portions of the Florida Panhandle, southeastern Alabama and southwestern Georgia later Thursday and overnight.
"Michael is likely to produce potentially catastrophic wind damage where the core of the hurricane moves onshore in the FloridaPanhandle, and everyone in the hurricane warning area should prepare for life-threatening hurricane winds."
Rainfall totals Florida Panhandle and Big Bend, southeast Alabama, and portions of southwest and central Georgia...4 to 8 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches. This rainfall could lead to life-threatening flash floods. The remainder of Georgia, the Carolinas, and southern Virginia...3 to 6 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 8 inches. This rainfall could lead to life-threatening flash floods.