'We Are in New Territory' as Michael Makes Landfall - Page 2

Based on wind speed, it's 4th strongest hurricane at landfall on record
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 10, 2018 2:04 PM CDT

  • As for where it's headed, the National Hurricane Center, which calls Michael "an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane," had this to say: "On the forecast track, the core of Michael will move inland across the Florida Panhandle this afternoon, and across southeastern Alabama and southwestern Georgia tonight."
  • Officials urged more than 375,000 people along the Gulf Coast to flee the area. This morning, Gov. Rick Scott tweeted, "The time for evacuating along the coast has come and gone. ... If you chose to stay in an evacuation zone, you must SEEK REFUGE IMMEDIATELY."
  • CNN quotes President Trump as saying "we're well prepared" for the storm, with food, first responders, and trucks on standby. Still, "I just say, 'God bless everyone,' cause it's going to be a very rough one."
  • An emergency management coordinator in Franklin County said they've advised "those who stayed to have their life jackets on when the storm comes."
  • Eric Blake of the National Hurricane Center tweeted this late Wednesday morning: "I've had to take antacids I'm so sick to my stomach today because of this impending catastrophe..."
  • Time has images of what the hurricane looks like from space.
(Read more Hurricane Michael stories.)

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