Governor Ivey issues State of Emergency due to Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael's path to Florida and Alabama

In the below tweet, storm chaser Jeff Piotrowski states his belief that Michael even has the potential to reach Category 4 status, although most outlets are sticking with one notch below for now.

The storm is moving north at 9 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour.

The NHC warned that both could trigger deadly flooding, and that residents within the hurricane warning zone should likewise "prepare for life-threatening winds".

On the forecast track, the center of Michael will move across the eastern Gulf of Mexico through tonight.

Currently, Central Florida is only expected to experience some heavy rain Wednesday and Thursday.

Michael will arrive as an "extremely dangerous" storm Wednesday afternoon with winds of 145 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said in its 8 a.m. update Wednesday.

In Gulf County alone, the first to begin ordering residents of low-lying areas to higher ground, mandatory evacuation notices encompassed an estimated 3,800 homes, said Jessica Sasich of the county's emergency operations center.

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Between 11:00 a.m. EDT on Sunday and 11:00 a.m. EDT today, the storm's maximum sustained winds more than doubled in speed. A couple breweries in the city offered free filtered water to anyone bringing in jugs or other containers. We have already canceled several events, but no determination has been made on whether Friday's home soccer match will be affected at this time.

Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency for 26 counties as Tropical Storm Michael gathers strength in the Caribbean and barrels toward the Florida Panhandle. It is about 485 miles south of Panama City. In 2016, Hurricane Hermine, which also targeted the Panhandle, submerged Cedar Key under a 9-foot storm surge.

Two years ago, Hurricane Hermine knocked out power for days in Tallahassee and caused widespread flooding as it came up through the Gulf Coast. Some of that rain could be locally heavy. "I don't want to lose everything in the freezer, but it is what is", said Beaver as she loaded sandbags into her family's pickup truck. He warned that storm surge could affect areas of Florida not in the storm's direct path.

Currently, the hurricane is a category one moving towards the north at 9 miles per hour. The hurricane was predicted to dump up to 12 inches (30 cm) of rain with life-threatening flash flooding, according to forecasters.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has declared a state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Michael's arrival. That's when Michael will be moving through our area, bringing heavy rain and gusty winds.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has also designated 40 law-enforcement officers for rapid deployment.

More than 45 percent of the nation's refining capacity is located along the U.S. Gulf Coast, which also is home to 51 percent of total U.S. natural gas processing capability.

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