Hurricane Michael prompts Alabama to declare state of emergency

Hurricane Michael prompts Alabama to declare state of emergency

Hurricane Michael prompts Alabama to declare state of emergency

Forecasts show Hurricane Michael will likely travel north after making landfall on the Gulf Coast, then turn east, potentially hitting the Hampton Roads region.

Masters compared Hurricane Michaels course to Hurricane Dennis, a Category 3 storm that hit near the Florida-Alabama border in 2005.

"Every family must be prepared". "Hopefully we will have no one hurt and no loss of life".

With Hurricane Michael rapidly intensifying and threatening to smash Florida's Panhandle with risky storm surge, flooding and winds, Gov. Rick Scott didn't mince words on Monday night: "Making decisions tomorrow might be too late".

Energy companies halted almost a fifth of Gulf of Mexico oil production and moved staff from 10 platforms on Monday as Michael was forecast to become the strongest of three named storms to affect the US Gulf of Mexico this year. Two days from now, forecasts project it will be a major hurricane (category three or stronger) bearing down on the gulf coast of Florida.

The NHC warned that both could trigger deadly flooding, and that residents within the hurricane warning zone should likewise "prepare for life-threatening winds".

NWS Charleston's latest advisory on Michael anticipates impacts along the SC coast as early as Sunday night, and minor to moderate impacts along the SC and Georgia coasts Monday until Thursday. Up to four inches (10 centimeters) were expected to fall through Tuesday.

The Orlando area will get plenty of rain and windy conditions, however. "This storm will be life-threatening and really unsafe". On Sunday, CEMA urged residents to maintain awareness of the storm.

"Can you believe it?" Add Hurricane Michael as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Hurricane Michael news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has issued an order for a state of emergency for 26 counties to rush preparations in the Florida Panhandle and the Big Bend area, freeing up resources and activating 500 members of the Florida National Guard. The governor said Monday that he has activated the assistance information line to help residents at 1-800-342-3557. The NHC issued a tropical storm watch for the area from the Suwannee River to Anna Maria Island in Florida, as well as the area from the Alabama-Florida border to the Mississippi-Alabama border.

Many Florida schools, including Florida State University, closed Tuesday and announced they will remain that way until at least Thursday. "We haven't seen anything like this in the Panhandle in decades", Scott said at the Escambia County Emergency Operations Center.

The Carolinas are on the long recovery from Hurricane Florence, which left dozens dead and is estimated to have caused billions of dollars in damage last month.

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