Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

How could Hurricane Michael impact Durham?

How could Hurricane Michael impact Durham?

RAINFALL: Michael is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 3 to 7 inches over western Cuba and 2 to 4 inches over the Yucatan Peninsula and Belize through Tuesday.

Manatee County also was included in Scott's request that President Donald Trump declare a pre-landfall emergency in those 35 counties in preparation for Hurricane Michael. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles (45 kilometers) from the storm's center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 kilometers).

With Hurricane Michael churning Monday toward the northeast Gulf Coast, forecasts for Columbus and the Chattahoochee Valley region indicate tropical storm conditions are possible, including heavy rain, gusty winds and thunderstorms.

Michael pounded western Cuba with heavy rain and strong winds and is forecast to make landfall as a hurricane midweek on the northeastern US Gulf Coast.

Sustained winds of tropical storm force - 39 miles per hour or greater - are possible in parts of metro Atlanta as soon as Wednesday morning.

An Air Force hurricane hunter airplane was sent into the storm to investigate, the hurricane centre said. It is expected to cut quickly across the Peach State toward the Carolinas and areas flooded severely last month by Hurricane Florence.

Michael is no longer a tropical storm.

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Trump himself has said he is in no rush. "It looks like we'll have a second summit quite soon", he said. He is also scheduled to visit Japan (Saturday) and China (Monday) and meet his counterparts there.

Governor Rick Scott ordered a state of emergency Sunday for 26 counties in the Panhandle and Big Bend area, which will free up resources for storm preparation and recovery efforts. We'll find out later this week how severe this storm shall be, but for now, it's time to batten down those hatches. He also waived tolls in a move to help coastal dwellers leave. STATIONARY MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1004 MB...29.65 INCHES WATCHES AND WARNINGS ------- SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT: A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...

That Michael will move toward Florida should not come as a great surprise.

The U.S. military was moving its aircraft from the Panhandle on Monday. "This storm will be life-threatening and really unsafe". The storm is expected to gain hurricane status by Monday night or Tuesday as its center moves over the Yucatan Channel and then crosses the Gulf of Mexico, nearing the Florida Panhandle coast by Wednesday.

The storm now has maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour. Luckily, we are not already saturated and our river levels are fairly low, but flooding can not be ruled out, especially in flood prone areas.

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Based on the current projections for its path and timing, parts of the tristate area could be affected, especially by the storm's winds. Michael was now a Category 1 hurricane, at the bottom of the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale.

"By tonight, a large trough centered over the southwestern United States will cause the hurricane to accelerate northeastward".

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