‘Unprecedented’ Hurricane Michael Could Make History Hitting Florida Panhandle as Category 4

All eyes are on Hurricane Michael. Will it have an impact on Maine

All eyes are on Hurricane Michael. Will it have an impact on Maine

The NHC says some coastal regions can expect 9 to 13 feet of storm surge, as the hurricane's winds drive a wall of water onto the low-lying shore.

With more than 375,000 people up and down the Gulf Coast warned to clear out, the hurricanes leading edge began lashing the white-sand shoreline with tropical storm-force winds, rain and rising seas before daybreak, hours before Michaels center was expected to blow ashore.

Relatives in IL urged Thomas to leave and stay with them, but he didn't have the means to get there quickly enough, and he didn't want to stay in a shelter.

"I know it's going to cover everything around here", Sadousky said Tuesday, eyeing water lapping at the edge of a canal behind his home.

Hurricane Michael caused widespread destruction in Central America over the weekend, where at least 13 people have been reported dead.

"We've got canned food and a can opener".

Position: The hurricane was about 120 miles southwest of Panama City, Florida, as of 6 a.m. ET this morning, per CNN.

A hurricane warning has been issued for the Alabama-Florida border to the Suwannee River, and a hurricane watch is in effect from the Alabama-Florida border to the Mississippi-Alabama border.

"For everyone thinking they can ride this storm out, I have news for you: that will be one of the biggest mistakes you can make in your life".

Sally Crown planned to hunker down with her two dogs in the dangerously exposed coastal town of Apalachicola, population 2,500. "This might be really bad and serious".

In preparation for the storm, airports including Tallahassee International Airport, Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, Pensacola International Airport and Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport closed to commercial flights on Wednesday.

About 20 miles (32 kilometers) in from the coast, in Tallahassee, the state capital, people rushed to fill their gas tanks and grab supplies.

A top concern has been the few people who have heeded evacuation orders. That was up from a Category 2 on Tuesday afternoon. They took turns to singing the wood covering the bar's windows already marked with "Rock Me Hurricane 2018". She had stayed up all night in her chair with the TV news on, comforting herself with Psalm 23: "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want".

It made landfall on the coast as a Category 1 hurricane on September 14 and drenched some parts of the state with 40 inches of rain.

The Carolinas are still recovering from Hurricane Florence, which left dozens dead and is estimated to have caused billions of dollars in damage last month. There is still some uncertainty about Michael's final track, and a slight westward shift would bring more heavy rainfall potential for Canada's east coast.

Michael wasn't quite done wreaking havoc in the Caribbean.

In Cuba, it dropped more than 10 inches (27 centimeters) of rain in places, flooding fields, damaging roads, knocking out power and destroying some homes in the western province of Pinar del Rio.

"They've talked to them, and they've sent sheriff's deputies down to talk to them, and they're not going to evacuate", Scott said.

According to the Associated Press, six people were killed in Honduras, four in Nicaragua and three in El Salvador.

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