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Hurricane Michael: Florida braced for impact TONIGHT - 110MPH winds to BATTER coast

Hurricane Michael: Florida braced for impact TONIGHT - 110MPH winds to BATTER coast

"That means you need to make sure that you have backup generation power, or you shouldn't be taking care of the patients".

Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in 35 counties along Florida's Panhandle and Big Bend regions.

On its current track, it would make landfall somewhere along a coastline that includes the cities and towns of Fort Walton Beach, Panama City Beach, Port St. Joe, St. Teresa and the wildlife reserves bordering Apalachee Bay.

"This storm will be life-threatening and extremely risky", Scott said on Sunday. "Do not think you can survive it". "As Hurricane Michael nears landfall, we are working with state and local officials in Florida to take all necessary precautions", Trump said on Monday. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said she feared widespread power outages and other problems would follow. "I live four to five blocks from the water, so I'm scared", said Tessa Whitaker, who lives in Carabelle, a city on St. George Sound about an hour southwest of Tallahassee.

Undergoing a spate of rapid intensification, which is not unusual under these ideal conditions for hurricanes to strengthen, Michael has gone from a 40mph tropical storm on 1pm Sunday to a 120-mph major hurricane as 5pm on Tuesday. "There's nothing between us and this storm but warm water' and I think that's what terrifies us about the potential impacts".

The latest European model shows the storm intensifying - possibly to a Category 3 - before it crests Florida's coast near Tallahassee.

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Neighbouring Alabama is also expecting strong winds, heavy rain and power cuts as a result of the hurricane. Some southern Alabama counties were under a tropical storm watch Monday afternoon. "But water levels in some parts of the Northeast Florida coast will still be high enough to overwhelm the dunes, which are relatively low and narrow". The governor has also warned that there is a "significant" chance of tornadoes.

A hurricane warning was issued from the Alabama-Florida border eastward to Suwannee River.

Thursday: Rain could be torrential in Charlotte on Thursday morning as the remnants of Hurricane Michael plow through the Carolinas.

Global analytics firm CoreLogic estimates that the total reconstruction value if all these homes were actually destroyed by what's forecast to be a Category 3 hurricane - winds up to 129 miles per hour - could amount to $13.4 billion.

Forecasters said Michael's tropical storm-force winds stretched 370 miles (595 kilometers) across, with hurricane-strength winds extending up to 35 miles (55 kilometers) from the center. The storm was centered about 30 miles off the western tip of Cuba, and about 520 miles south of Apalachicola.

Hurricane-force winds and strong rain were being felt in Cuba.

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The National Hurricane Center said the storm was moving north-northwestward through the southern Gulf of Mexico, and that storm surge and hurricane warnings were in effect for the northeastern Gulf coast.

Hurricane warnings are in effect from the Alabama/Florida state line to the Suwanee River along Florida's Big Bend.

The storm will bring an 8-12 foot storm surge. The county offers storm preparation resources on its website.

Mandatory evacuation orders were issued for residents of barrier islands, mobile homes and low-lying coastal areas in Gulf, Wakulla and Bay counties.

In the small Panhandle city of Apalachicola, Mayor Van Johnson Sr. said the 2,300 residents are frantically preparing for a major hurricane strike that could be unlike any there in decades.

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