Gathering strength, Hurricane Michael heads for Florida

Gathering strength, Hurricane Michael heads for Florida

Hurricane Michael strengthened to a Category 2 storm with 100-mile-per-hour winds on Tuesday as Florida's governor warned it could bring "total devastation" to parts of the southern USA state.

The National Weather Center called Michael a "worst case scenario" for Northwest Florida.

"It's a massive storm", Florida Gov. Many gas stations in Tallahassee had run out of fuel, including the Quick "N" Save, which was also stripped clean of bottled water and down to about two dozen bags of ice.

Rick Scott said he is very concerned of potentially "historic" storm surges when Michael makes landfall and estimated they could be anywhere from eight to 12 feet of water.

Petro says the problems with Michael will be compounded since the storm is coming just weeks after Hurricane Florence.

In the small Panhandle city of Apalachicola, Mayor Van Johnson Sr. said the 2,300 residents were frantically preparing for what could be a strike unlike any seen there in decades. Hurricane Michael is an unprecedented event and can not be compared to any of our previous events.

The National Hurricane Center's latest advisory on Hurricane Michael shows the storm has strengthened into a major hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour.

More than 375,000 people up and down the Gulf Coast were urged to evacuate as Michael closed in.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for.

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"We've been made aware that there are some old posts and tweets being re-circulated from Hurricane Matthew in 2016", said Emergency Management Chief Jonathan Lord.

A high risk of rip currents at Atlantic Coast beaches. Tropical-storm force winds extending 185 miles (295 kilometres) from the centre were already lashing the coast.

A hurricane warning was in effect for a more than 300-mile (480-km) stretch of coastline from the Florida-Alabama border to the Suwannee River in Florida.

State officials issued mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders in at least 22 counties on the Florida Gulf Coast.

Florida Fish and Wildlife has put 40 additional law enforcement officers on notice to deploy with a variety of special equipment, including boats that can be used for high-water rescues. The Florida Highway Patrol has 350 troopers working 12-hour shifts.

Michael also could dump up to a foot (30 centimeters) of rain over some Panhandle communities before it sweeps through the Southeast and goes out to sea over the next few days. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said she fears widespread power outages and other problems would follow.

Now if you're looking at the "skull" and think it looks familiar, that's because this is now the third year in a row where there's been some sort of skull-like face popping up in satellite images from a hurricane hitting the U.S.

The governor activated 750 National Guardsmen for storm response on Monday, on top of the 500 activated the day before.

Scott said the state is working with the American Red Cross and National Guard to assist counties with shelter needs. Tuesday is the deadline to register to vote, and that deadline continues to apply to people who register online.

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