Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Monstrous Hurricane Michael Slams Florida and Georgia



Hurricane Michael Now Accelerating Through Southwestern Georgia; Deadly Storm Surge, Damaging Winds Continue Following Florida Panhandle Landfall

By weather.com meteorologists

Category 1 Hurricane Michael Now Accelerating Through Georgia
Catastrophic storm surge and destructive winds will continue as Michael moves inland.

At a Glance

  • Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida, early Wednesday afternoon.
  • It was the first Category 4 or stronger hurricane to make landfall on the Florida Panhandle.
  • Catastrophic storm surge and destructive winds will continue as Michael moves inland.
  • Over a million power outages may occur not just near the coast, but also inland.
  • Rainfall flooding is also a significant threat inland into the Carolinas.
Hurricane Michael made landfall as a catastrophic, unprecedented Category 4 hurricane on the Florida Panhandle early Wednesday afternoon. Life-threatening storm surge and 100-plus-mph winds are expected not just near the coast, but also inland, which could leave some areas without power for over a week.

Hurricane Michael is currently centered about 20 miles southwest of Albany, Georgia, and is accelerating northeastward. It is a Category 1 hurricane as of Wednesday evening.