AT&T, Verizon promise relief to customers affected by hurricane Michael

Florida State adjusts athletic schedules because of Hurricane Michael

Florida State adjusts athletic schedules because of Hurricane Michael

The likely range for wind speed is 15-25 miles per hour with gusts to 30-35 miles per hour. Michael did this after passing over unusually warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico, which likely helped to increase the storm's moisture content and provide fuel for more intense thunderstorms, a deeper central pressure, and stronger winds.

Hurricane Michael strengthened into a Category 4 storm as it moved toward the Florida Panhandle, where it could blow ashore as the strongest storm to hit the United States this year. According to NASA, the National Hurricane Center reported maximum sustained winds near 150 miles per hour; risky storm surge and heavy rain is also expected.

His opponent in Florida's Senate race, Sen. "You know, that's hard", she said, choking back tears. "I've spent the last few days traveling the coast to get people to evacuate".

The National Hurricane Center have warned that some regions of Florida may see storm surges of up to 14 feet. This risk will spread northward into parts of Georgia and southern SC this afternoon and tonight. After making landfall near Wilmington, North Carolina, on September 14, Florence stalled, dumping as much as 35 inches of rain in some areas over the course of several days.

Panama City Beach fire department chief Larry Couch urged residents to evacuate. "If you're in a one-story house, and the storm surge is there, I don't know how you're going to survive that". That was up from a Category 2 Tuesday afternoon.

A flash flood watch has been issued for Thursday into early Friday.

State officials issued disaster declarations in Alabama and Georgia, both of which are also expected to feel the impact from the storm.

Scott said the state is ready to respond once the storm passes, with 3,500 members of the Florida National Guard activated and more than 1,000 state forestry and wildlife officers prepared for search-and-rescue operations.

Scott also told caregivers at north Florida hospitals and nursing homes to do all they can to assure the safety of the elderly and infirm. In all, more than 400 people died in Florida.

"If you're responsible for a patient, you're responsible for the patient".

"It's kind of like someone was holding on to it when it was trying to run and they let it go", Kossin said.

Drivers waited in long lines at gas stations and residents hurried to fill sandbags.

Kirsten Fiscus, a journalist, was less than 25 miles (40 kilometres) away in Panama City when Michael's eye made landfall.

The highest winds will be near the coast, with sustained winds over 40 miles per hour and gusts that may exceed 50 miles per hour. Inland wind speeds will be much less.

"This storm has the potential to be a historic storm, please take heed", the sheriff's office said in the post.

In all, the military has 2,216 active duty personnel, 32 helicopters, 240 high-water vehicles and 32 swift water boats in place in the event that the governor of Florida requests the military's assistance in rescues, O'Shaughnessy said.

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