Hurricane Michael has strengthened to Category 2 intensity, and is forecast to strike the Florida Panhandle as a Category 3 with dangerous storm surge flooding, destructive winds and flooding rainfall. Michael will also bring heavy rain and strong winds to other parts of the southeastern United States after it moves inland.
"Michael could develop into a potentially catastrophic event for the northeastern Gulf Coast," the National Weather Service office in Tallahassee, Florida, wrote in its area forecast discussion Monday afternoon. Michael could be the strongest hurricane to landfall along the stretch of Florida's Panhandle Gulf Coast in 12 years.
*** UPDATE 9:07 AM EDT TUESDAY - EURO MODEL NOW CALLING FOR 165 MPH WIND GUSTS AT LANDFALL ***
Folks in Tallahassee Florida are not wasting ANY time preparing for inbound Hurricane Michael; store shelves are already emptying of emergency supplies like water. The storm is forecast to come ashore somewhere on Florida's Panhandle, perhaps near Pensacola.
Computer Models are varying only about the INTENSITY, not the track -- and right now, those models are saying everything from Category 2 thru Category 5 storm strength!
FOLKS IN THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE MUST MAKE EMERGENCY PREPARATIONS RIGHT NOW - DON'T WAIT OR STORES WILL BE SOLD OUT!
Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Sunday that he had declared a state of emergency in 26 counties in the state's Panhandle and Big Bend regions as forecasters predicted Tropical Storm Michael would make landfall as a Category 2 hurricane later this week.
Scott also announced that he was activating 500 members of the Florida National Guard to assist with planning, logistics and storm response. Right now, computer models show PANAMA CITY, FL at the point of landfall.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley demanded lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford turn over records of communications between their legal team and the offices of Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Mazie Hirono “in light of recently uncovered information.” The RUMOR mill on capital hill is using phrases like "subornation of perjury" and "obstruction of Congress" but these are just rumors -- for now. UPDATE 4:03 AM EDT SATURDAY -- Now the words "Witness Tampering" are also being heard ! ! !
A international traveler with measles may have exposed people at Newark Liberty International Airport and three sites in a Rockland County village to the disease, health officials said.
The traveler from . . . Israel . . . flew through Newark Airport on Sept. 28, the New York State Department of Health said.