The Federal Emergency Management Agency has told residents of the Florida Panhandle there are only 90 minutes remaining for them to evacuate to avoid possible DEATH from Hurricane Michael.
The storm is now a Category 4 storm - the first Cat 4 to ever strike Florida's panhandle since record-keeping began in the year 1851, with 145 MPH SUSTAINED winds, and gusts to 165 MPH
Winds of that speed will slowly rip pieces off from roofs and walls until those roofs and walls breach. Once a breach takes place, wind will rush into the structure and blow it apart.
Storm Surge of 13 feet above dry land is now forecast for some areas. Houses and commercial buildings will be knocked off their foundations and destroyed by the thrashing waters.
Survival is unlikely for person who choose to remain rather than evacuate.
Highway 98 getting washing away at Eastpoint in Florida.
10:00 AM CDT Wed Oct 10
Location: 29.4°N 86.0°W
Moving: NNE at 14 mph
Min pressure: 928 mb
Max sustained: 145 mph
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 km). A private weather station at Bald Point, Florida, recently reported a sustained wind of 54 mph (87 km/h) with a gust to 61 mph (98 km/h). A wind gust to 46 mph (74 km/h) was recently
reported inland at Tallahassee, Florida.
The latest minimum central pressure based on data from the reconnaissance aircraft is 928 mb (27.41 inches)
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAMPA BAY AREA RUSKIN FL
1047 AM EDT WED OCT 10 2018
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RUSKIN HAS ISSUED A
* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
WEST CENTRAL LEVY COUNTY IN NORTHERN FLORIDA...
* UNTIL 1115 AM EDT.
* AT 1045 AM EDT, A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A
TORNADO WAS LOCATED 8 MILES SOUTH OF CEDAR KEY, MOVING NORTH AT 40
SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED ROTATION.
IMPACT...FLYING DEBRIS WILL BE DANGEROUS TO THOSE CAUGHT WITHOUT
SHELTER. MOBILE HOMES WILL BE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED.
DAMAGE TO ROOFS, WINDOWS, AND VEHICLES WILL OCCUR. TREE
DAMAGE IS LIKELY.
* THIS DANGEROUS STORM WILL BE NEAR...
CEDAR KEY AROUND 1050 AM EDT
FOWLERS BLUFF AROUND 1110 AM EDT.
TAKE COVER NOW! MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
STURDY BUILDING. AVOID WINDOWS. IF YOU ARE OUTDOORS, IN A MOBILE
HOME, OR IN A VEHICLE, MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND
PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.
HEAVY RAINFALL MAY HIDE THIS TORNADO. DO NOT WAIT TO SEE OR HEAR THE
TORNADO. TAKE COVER NOW!
LAT...LON 2929 8316 2932 8314 2932 8312 2934 8310
2935 8306 2936 8306 2937 8307 2940 8302
2942 8303 2943 8302 2942 8291 2909 8296
2908 8297 2910 8314 2917 8317
TIME...MOT...LOC 1444Z 182DEG 38KT 2901 8309
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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.”
Extreme wind warning for winds over 130mph in Bay county and other areas nearby, wow
NOW TOO LATE TO EVACUATE IF YOU ARE NOT ALREADY ON YOUR WAY
Storm Hunter Aircraft have just recorded wind speed of 137 KNOTS -- 157.6 MPH -- in the southeast quadrant of the storm. Even steel-reinforced concrete structures cannot survive winds of that speed for long. All homes and businesses impacted by such winds will be completely destroyed. See below:
As of 11: 30 AM EDT -- 30 to 45 minutes for Andrew-like winds to strike Florida's Gulf coast.
The station at Apalachicola, FL has unofficially measured a new record high water level (storm surge) of 6.71 feet, breaking the previous record of 6.43 feet from July 10, 2005.
STRUCTURES ALREADY COLLAPSING IN FLORIDA BEFORE HURRICANE EVEN COMES ASHORE!
tornadoes and lots of damage Mexico Beach
Tornado Like winds in Indian Pass Fla.
UPDATE 12:31 EDT --
From the National Hurricane Center, definitions of Category 4 and Category 5 Hurricanes:
(major) 130-156 mph
209-251 km/h Catastrophic damage will occur: Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.
(major) 157 mph or higher
137 kt or higher
252 km/h or higher Catastrophic damage will occur: A high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last for weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.
VIDEO - MAJOR DAMAGE HAPPENING NOW:
"Beyond uncharted territory for the Florida Panhandle. Michael continuing to deepen in its final hours before landfall. Pressure likely 918-919 mb
This would make Michael the third-strongest hurricane on record--by pressure--to hit the United States, eclipsing Katrina 2005 and Maria 2017.
LANDFALL! MAX SUSTAINED WINDS: 155 MPH, GUSTING TO 208 MPH