Hurricane Michael, the tropical storm that surprisingly intensified into a Category 4 hurricane in a matter of days, is about to hit the Florida Panhandle with wind speeds over 100 miles per hour and storm surges up to six feet high. Follow Breitbart News for updates on the storm’s progress and stories from the people in its path.
All times eastern.
11:25 AM —
NWS Tallahassee: “We’ve issued our first ever Extreme Wind Warning. This means wind gusts in excess of 130 mph are expected as #HurricaneMichael makes landfall in the next few hours.”
— Breaking News (@BreakingNews) October 10, 2018
11:10 AM — Interview with Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum, who says President Trump has put “partisanship” before “leadership” in emergencies like Hurricane Michael.
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) October 10, 2018
11:08 AM —
— Justin Chambers (@jctvweather) October 10, 2018
10:59 AM — Michael is not weakening much as it makes its final approach:
— Vanessa Vinent (@WPBF_Vanessa) October 10, 2018
11AM Update on Hurricane Michael. Winds are the same, 145mph, strong CAT 4 storm. Pressure has gone down a little indicating the hurricane will maintain strength into landfall a couple hours from now. pic.twitter.com/toftpVVkCu
— Rich Caniglia (@whec_rcaniglia) October 10, 2018
— Steve Caparotta, Ph.D. (@SteveWAFB) October 10, 2018
10:54 AM — Street view from Tallahassee.
— Jen Carfagno (@JenCarfagno) October 10, 2018
10:49 AM —
— WPEC CBS12 News (@CBS12) October 10, 2018
10:32 AM — The latest wire photos on Hurricane Michael:
10:23 AM —
— Franz Strasser (@franzstrasser) October 10, 2018
— David Charns WMTW (@DavidWMTW) October 10, 2018
10:15 AM — The latest videos and photos of Hurricane Michael:
Cameras outside the station captured views of Hurricane Michael at 12:13pm and 12:50pm ET Oct. 9 as the storm churned over the Gulf of Mexico moving northwest at 12 miles an hour. pic.twitter.com/vkiK7xWgMm
— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) October 9, 2018
— Marc Weinberg (@MarcWeinbergWX) October 10, 2018
And the latest wire updates from AP:
National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham is warning that a Category 4 hurricane will bring catastrophic damage to Florida’s Panhandle.
Graham says Michael’s top winds of 145 mph (230 kph) are powerful enough to peel off roofs and cause the “complete destruction of houses.”
Stretches of the coast could see storm surge of at least 6 feet (2 meters), with waters rising in some places up to 14 feet (4 meters) above the ground. Graham wants people to think about how tall they are, and just how high that water can be.
Michael is powerful enough to remain a hurricane well inland as it travels over Georgia on Thursday. Graham says falling trees will pull down utility lines, leaving some areas without power for weeks, and hazardous conditions will persist long after the storm blows through.
He says the aftermath of a hurricane is “not the time to start learning to use that chain saw.”
Florida Gov. Rick Scott says the impact of Hurricane Michael will be “horrible,” the worst storm to hit the Panhandle in a century.
Scott said Wednesday he’s “scared to death” that people in places such as St. George Island along the state’s coast had ignored evacuation orders.
He said he hopes that no one kept children with them as they chose to ride it out, but the time to evacuate from coastal areas has “come and gone.”
The governor said state authorities are now focusing on the recovery effort once the fast-moving storm blows through. He has activated up 3,500 members of the Florida National Guard and says thousands of utility workers are on stand-by.
Huge waves are pounding the shore at Panama City Beach, where officials have announced they are now unable to respond to any calls for service. Just inland in Panama City, the fire department says it will respond to only life-threatening emergencies and only within the city limits.
The biggest waves are shooting frothy green water between homes and up to the base of wooden stairs over the dunes and the skies appear menacing as tropical-storm-force winds lash the coast. Landfall is expected about midday Wednesday.