Here's how Hurricane Michael will impact your county

Here's how Hurricane Michael will impact your county”

Forecast is for Michael to become a Category 3 hurricane with winds at 125 miles per hour.

Tens of thousands of Floridians were warned on Tuesday to get out of harm's way as Hurricane Michael churned over the Gulf of Mexico toward the northwestern part of the state, bringing fierce winds, torrential rain and life-threatening coastal floods.

"Storm surge is the No. 1 problem that you can see from these storms".

The storm - now located over the Gulf of Mexico - is sweeping toward the Florida coast at around 12 miles per hour and is expected to make landfall on Wednesday, bringing with it "life-threatening" storm surges and heavy rainfall, the National Hurricane Centre said.

President Donald Trump approved a pre-landfall emergency declaration to provide federal money and help in Florida.

"I am not seeing the level of traffic on the roadways that I would expect when we've called for the evacuation of 75 percent of this county", Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford said.

Diane Farris, 57, and her son walked to a high school-turned-shelter near their home in Panama City to find about 1,100 people crammed into a space meant for about half as many.

"We've practiced this many times".

"Today it is about life and safety", Gillum said.

Florida has had more hurricanes in October than in any other month. The fix bill came in at more than $60 billion, ranking Irma among the most costly storms in US history.

"I know people are tired from Florence, but don't let this storm catch you with your guard down", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said, adding, "A number of homes have rooftop tarps that could be damaged or blown away with this wind". A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life- threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline.

Scott said the Florida Panhandle, southeast Alabama and southern Georgia will see 4 to 8 inches, with isolated areas facing 12 inches.

The storm's center is forecast to move northward over the Florida Panhandle or Florida Big Bend area by Wednesday, and then move northeastward across the southeastern United States, the NHC said.

Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo sent a letter to Gov. Scott late Monday asking for the extension, noting 35 counties are in a state of emergency. In Georgia, Gov. Nathan Deal declared a preemptive state of emergency for 92 counties. As a tropical storm, Michael still brings the potential of flash flooding to coastal areas. Michael will likely be the fourth.

The meteorological brute quickly sprang from a weekend tropical depression, becoming a furious Category 4 by early Wednesday, up from a Category 2 less than a day earlier.

The National Weather Service out of Tallahassee has posted a map showing a projected landfall at 1pm EST on Wednesday, along with current imagery of the storm's path. The governor has also warned that there is a "significant" chance of tornadoes. "They are their best first responders".

More than 20 million people are under a hurricane watch or warning across five states (Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina).

AccuWeather predicted the storm's economic impact damage will approach $15 billion.

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