Florida braces for a 111mph hurricane: State of emergency is declared as ‘life-threatening’ storm is upgraded as strengthens on its path towards the Sunshine State

Monday, October 8, 2018
By Paul Martin

The storm was located 90 miles off Mexico’s eastern coast on Monday morning
It’s expected to make landfall in the Florida Panhandle early Wednesday
8in of rain could drench areas in northern Florida and up through the Carolinas
Florida Gov Rick Scott issued a state of emergency for 26 counties on Sunday

8 October 2018

Storm Michael has been upgraded to a hurricane as it continues to strengthen across the Gulf and barrels toward the the Sunshine State, threatening to make landfall as a Category 3.

Florida Gov Rick Scott issued a state of emergency for 26 counties in the Florida Panhandle on Sunday, warning that the storm could have winds up to 111mph when it makes landfall early Wednesday.

As of 11am Monday, Michael was located about 100 miles off the coast of Cozumel, Mexico, with winds exceeding 74mph, qualifying it as a Category 1 hurricane.

According to AccuWeather, the storm will deliver around 4-8 inches of rain from the Florida Panhandle into parts of the Carolinas later this week, threatening to flood areas still reeling from Hurricane Florence last month.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency mobilized resources from the federal government to assist in preparation early Monday.

Scott also activated 500 members of the Florida National Guard ahead of the storm.

‘This storm will be life-threatening and extremely dangerous,’ the governor said after receiving a briefing at the State Emergency Operations Center.

The governor warned that storm surge could affect areas of Florida not in the storm’s direct path.

‘If this storm hit Panama City, Tampa could still have storm surge,’ said Scott, referring to two Florida cities about 375 miles apart by highway. ‘Every family must be prepared.’

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