- Tropical Storm Nadine's maximum sustained winds increased to 65 miles per hour Wednesday.
In Alabama, Gov. Kay Ivey issued a statewide state of emergency, saying on Twitter that it was "in anticipation of wide-spread power outages, wind damage and debris produced by high winds & heavy rain associated with #HurricaneMichael".
The storm's center and where it makes landfall with its destructive winds represent just one of several concerns.
Michael is now the third most intense hurricane to the hit the US based on the central pressure of 919 millibars. The hurricane is forecast to hit the Florida Panhandle at a possible category 4 storm. It could send life-threatening surges of ocean water to coastal areas throughout the state.
Michael benefited from deep pockets of warm water in the Gulf, which meant that even as the storm stirred the water it crossed, it wasn't churning up cool water that could sap its strength, said Bryan Norcross, a hurricane specialist with WPLG, a TV station in South Florida.
In the 7 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, reports of a catastrophic event were confirmed as Michael sits 105 miles south-southwest of Panama City moving north at 13 mph. Forecasters said it will unleash damaging wind and rain all the way into the Carolinas, still recovering from Hurricane Florence's epic flooding. Now, the state is expecting to see 2 to 6 inches of rain during Hurricane Michael, he added. According to NASA, the National Hurricane Center reported maximum sustained winds near 150 miles per hour; unsafe storm surge and heavy rain is also expected. Take action now to protect your life!A Tornado Watch remains in effect until 500 PM EDT/400 PM CDT/ for Big Bend of and the Panhandle of Florida.
Florida Governor Rick Scott ordered activation of the State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee.
The couple was supposed to get hitched Wednesday in Florida's Panama City Beach, but Michael's approach forced mandatory evacuations there.
Those further inland, Scott said, might be able to seek shelter if local officials say it is safe.
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Hargan, a bartender at a riverfront restaurant, feared he would lose his home and his job to the storm.
"The worst thing you can do now is leave, and put yourself and your family in danger", Scott said.
Rainfall amounts across our area will be between about 1 and 4 inches in many locations.
The storm was located 255 miles south of Panama City and was moving north at 12 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.
REUTERS/Carlo AllegriA truck drives along a road that has been washed out as Hurricane Michael comes ashore in Alligator Point, Florida, U.S., October 10, 2018. In Panacea, the water was already rapidly rising. Another spans from the Anclote River to Anna Maria Island, including Tampa Bay. And then there was the life-threatening storm surge to deal with.
Supercharged by abnormally warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the Category 4 storm crashed ashore in the early afternoon near Mexico Beach, a tourist town about midway along the Panhandle, a 200-mile (320-kilometer) stretch of white-sand beach resorts, fishing towns and military bases.
"Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls". And in September, Gulf Power crews restored power to 26,000 customers after Tropical Storm Gordon lashed the area. Following Hurricane Irma previous year, 14 people died when a South Florida nursing home lost power and air conditioning. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.
The high winds were knocking down trees and power lines.