Category: Tropical

9 a.m. Update on Michael:  Destructive Eyewall Less Than Four Hours Away, Winds Increasing Rapidly

9 a.m. Update on Michael: Destructive Eyewall Less Than Four Hours Away, Winds Increasing Rapidly

| October 10, 2018 @ 9:11 am

The devastating eyewall of Intense Hurricane Michael is less than four hours from beloved sections of the Florida Panhandle coast between Laguna Beach and Cape San Blas. The eyewall will bring extreme winds and storm surge of 9-14 feet to the coast, spreading far inland in places. This is a life threatening situation and anyone still in place needs to assess their situation and go to their last resort shelter.

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8 a.m. Update:  145 mph Category Four, Pressure 933 Millibars

8 a.m. Update: 145 mph Category Four, Pressure 933 Millibars

| October 10, 2018 @ 7:56 am

Water levels are rising along the coast of the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend area. The hurricane continues to strengthen and has turned just to the right of due north heading for an early afternoon landfall near or just east of Panama City it appears.

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Hurricane Michael to Bring Unprecedented Surge and Wind as Well as Flooding Rains to Northwest Florida

Hurricane Michael to Bring Unprecedented Surge and Wind as Well as Flooding Rains to Northwest Florida

| October 10, 2018 @ 7:02 am

Here are some important forecast graphics for surge, wind and rain associated with Hurricane Michael.

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6 a.m. NHC Update:  Pressure Even Lower, Northeasterly Turn May Be Starting

6 a.m. NHC Update: Pressure Even Lower, Northeasterly Turn May Be Starting

| October 10, 2018 @ 6:10 am

The Air Force plane continues to find lower and lower central pressures in Hurricane Michael.

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Michael Nearing Landfall; Cooler Days Ahead

Michael Nearing Landfall; Cooler Days Ahead

| October 10, 2018 @ 5:54 am

MICHAEL NOW A CATEGORY FOUR HURRICANE: Overnight Michael strengthened into a dangerous, life threatening category four hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico with sustained winds of 140 mph. Landfall comes around midday today near Panama City Beach.

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5 a.m. Update from the National Hurricane Center

5 a.m. Update from the National Hurricane Center

| October 10, 2018 @ 5:20 am

Rainbands are spreading across the Florida Panhandle. Pressure has fallen to 937 millibars. Top winds are 140 mph.

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Pressure Down to 937 Millibars

Pressure Down to 937 Millibars

| October 10, 2018 @ 4:55 am

Four Category Hurricane Michael continues to intensify and may do so right up to landfall.

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Early Morning Notes on Extremely Dangerous Hurricane Michael

Early Morning Notes on Extremely Dangerous Hurricane Michael

| October 10, 2018 @ 4:44 am

Category four Hurricane Michael is turning north-northeast as expected and will make landfall somewhere between the communities of 30A and Apalachicola early this afternoon with a devastating and deadly storm surge, destructive winds and flooding rains.

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At 10:00 PM, Strong Category 3 Hurricane Michael Continues To Strengthen

At 10:00 PM, Strong Category 3 Hurricane Michael Continues To Strengthen

| October 9, 2018 @ 9:58 pm

As of the latest update from the National Hurricane Center, maximum sustained winds are at 125 MPH, making it a major hurricane at category 3 strength. Movement is still to the north at 12 MPH. The minimum central pressure is at 947mb.

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Satellite Sheldon Compares Michael, Harvey and Florence

Satellite Sheldon Compares Michael, Harvey and Florence

| October 9, 2018 @ 9:20 pm

Friend of the blog and satellite expert Sheldon Kusselson has produced a neat infographic tonight comparing Michael with Hurricanes Harvey, which produced tremendous floods in Texas last year, and this year’s Florence, which caused flooding in the Carolinas.

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Michael’s Northern Eye Wall Now Visible On Eglin AFB Radar

Michael’s Northern Eye Wall Now Visible On Eglin AFB Radar

| October 9, 2018 @ 9:02 pm

We are now starting to see the northern part of the eyewall on the NWS Radar out of Eglin Air Force Base (KEVX) at this point, and that means that it is only now 210 nautical miles south-southwest of Panama City, and about 193 miles southwest of Apalachicola, as of 8:55 PM.

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A Few Quick Notes at 6:45 p.m.

A Few Quick Notes at 6:45 p.m.

| October 9, 2018 @ 6:52 pm

Michael is becoming better organized which does not bode well for the coastal areas it is targeting.

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The Latest Watches and Warnings

The Latest Watches and Warnings

| October 9, 2018 @ 6:17 pm

A myriad of tropical storm, hurricane and flash flood watches, and warnings are in effect for parts of Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia and into the Carolinas.

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Michael Down to 955 Millibars; Could Become a Cat Four Before Landfall

Michael Down to 955 Millibars; Could Become a Cat Four Before Landfall

| October 9, 2018 @ 5:51 pm

Hurricane Michael is strengthening rather quickly and the major hurricane could reach category four status before landfall early tomorrow afternoon.

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Michael Strengthens Into A Major Hurricane, Continues On Track To The Gulf Coast

Michael Strengthens Into A Major Hurricane, Continues On Track To The Gulf Coast

| October 9, 2018 @ 4:08 pm

As of the latest update from the National Hurricane Center, maximum sustained winds are at 120 MPH, making it a major hurricane at category 3. Movement is still to the north at 12 MPH.

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Michael To Make Landfall Tomorrow; Main Impact Far Southeast Alabama

Michael To Make Landfall Tomorrow; Main Impact Far Southeast Alabama

| October 9, 2018 @ 3:30 pm

THIS AFTERNOON: As expected, we have high clouds over Alabama this afternoon along with a few widely scattered showers. Nothing widespread; temperatures are mostly in the low to mid 80s. We will maintain the chance of a few showers tonight.

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While Michael Is The Big Story, We Do Have Two Other Named Storms Out There

While Michael Is The Big Story, We Do Have Two Other Named Storms Out There

| October 9, 2018 @ 1:47 pm

Of course, the main weather story is the approach of Hurricane Michael to the Gulf Coast of the Florida Panhandle, but we do have two other storms to talk about out there in the tropics… Leslie and Nadine.

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The Latest Is In On Hurricane Michael At 1:00 PM

The Latest Is In On Hurricane Michael At 1:00 PM

| October 9, 2018 @ 1:00 pm

As of the latest update from the National Hurricane Center, maximum sustained winds are still at 110 MPH and movement is still to the north at 12 MPH. The minimum central pressure is at 965mb.

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