Hurricane Michael is nearing the U.S. coast, and the National Hurricane Center is providing frequent updates about the storm’s movements as it approaches Florida. Here are the details from the latest update from the NOAA as of October 8 at 11 p.m. Eastern/10 p.m. Central. The next update will be at 4 a.m. Central, with an intermediate update at 1 a.m. You can read the full updates on the NOAA’s website here.
Hurricane Michael’s Location, Coordinates & Movement
As of 10 p.m., Michael was located at 23.2 N, 85.3 W. The storm is about 485 miles south of Panama City, Florida and 450 miles south of Apalachicola, Florida. It’s moving North or 350 degrees at 12 mph.
The National Hurricane Center noted the following at 10 p.m.: “A northward to north-northwestward motion at a slightly faster forward speed is expected through Tuesday night, followed by a northeastward motion on Wednesday and Thursday. On the forecast track, the center of Michael will continue to move over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico tonight, then move across the eastern Gulf of Mexico Tuesday and Tuesday night. The center of Michael is expected to move inland over the Florida Panhandle or Florida Big Bend area on Wednesday, and then move northeastward across the southeastern United States Wednesday night and Thursday.”
Hurricane Michael’s Wind Strength, Pressure, & Rainfall
The storm’s maximum sustained winds are currently 90 mph. NOAA notes that there are higher gusts. “Steady to rapid strengthening is forecast during the next day or so, and Michael is expected to become a major hurricane by Tuesday night.”
The storm’s minimum central pressure is 970 MB or 28.65 inches.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 175 miles.
Michael is expected to produce storm surges in normally dry areas near the coast. If peak surge is during high tide, the water could reach heights of 8-12 feet in Indian Pass, FL to Cedar Key, FL; 6-8 feet in Cedar Key, FL to Crystal River, FL; 6-9 feet in Okaloosa/Walton County Line, FL to Indian Pass, FL; 4-6 feet in Crystal River, FL to Anclote River, FL; 2-4 feet in Anclote River, FL to Anna Maria Island, FL (including Tampa Bay) and in the Alabama/Florida border to Okaloosa/Walton County Line, FL.
Michael could produce 4 to 8 inches in Western Cuba with isolated amounts of 12 inches; and the same in the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend, southeast Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina. Other areas may see 2 to 4 inches with isolated amounts of up to 6 inches.
Current Watches & Warnings
According to the National Hurricane Center, the following warnings and watches are in effect.
Alabama/Florida border to Suwannee River, Florida
The Cuban province of Pinar del Rio
According to NHC: “A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. A warning is typically issued 36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous. Preparations to protect …read more