Mandatory evacuation beginning Tuesday (Oct 9, 2018) ahead of Hurricane Michael
Hurricane Michael isn’t heading to any one town…
There are warnings for more than 300 miles of coastline. Hurricane Michael forecasted to be a large and dangerous hurricane at landfall.
Life-threatening storm surge
Life-threatening flash flooding
“Due to Hurricane Michael, Panama City Beach is under a mandatory evacuation of Zones A, B and C. The order will be issued at 6 a.m. Tuesday. This has been issued by the Bay County Emergency Services. Those who can evacuate today are encouraged to do so.”
Interactive map: https://gis.baycountyfl.gov/evac.html
A hurricane hunter plane reports Michael has gotten a little stronger as it moves off of the western tip of Cuba.
By 8 p.m. Monday, Michael’s top sustained winds were around 85 mph (140 kph) as it headed north at 12 mph (19 kph).
Hurricane Michael Intermediate Advisory Number 9A
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL142018
700 PM CDT Mon Oct 08 2018
…NOAA HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT FINDS MICHAEL A LITTLE STRONGER…
…STORM SURGE AND HURRICANE WARNINGS IN EFFECT FOR THE NORTHEASTERN
The National Hurricane Center says the storm is centered about 60 miles (100 kilometers) off the western tip of Cuba, and about 485 miles (785 kilometers) south of Apalachicola, Florida. Hurricane-force winds extend out up to 35 miles (55 kilometers) and tropical-storm-force winds outward about 175 miles (280 kilometers).
Forecasters at the Miami center say Michael is expected to strengthen quickly and become a major hurricane by Tuesday night. Landfall is expected Wednesday on Florida’s northeast Gulf Coast.