Tropical Storm Nadine becomes 14th named storm of Atlantic hurricane season

Ismael LynchOct 11, 2018

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles. While the latest storm isn't expected to dump as much rain on the Palmetto State as its predecessor, winds are expected to be stronger in some areas.

A hurricane warning was up across the Florida panhandle, a low-lying area of beachfront resort and retirement communities on northeastern Gulf coast. One resident said she rode out Opal and while she is prepared, she also is not going anywhere.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) described Michael as "potentially catastrophic".

On the forecast track, Michael was expected to pass northeast through Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia on Wednesday Thursday as a tropical storm.

Florida Governor Rick Scott ordered activation of the State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee.

In a tweet on Wednesday morning, Scott said "If you chose to state in an evacuation zone, you must SEEK REFUGE IMMEDIATELY". It is, simply, a history-changing storm.

Michael was forecast to have the power to uproot trees, block roads and knock out power for days by the time it hits Florida Wednesday. The hurricane's winds and waves were so strong, their rumblings were detected on seismometers - equipment created to measure earthquakes.

The Gulf Coast gets bigger storm surges because the water is shallow just off shore, so it can pile up.

Even if Michael wasn't making landfall in a particularly vulnerable section of USA coastline, it would be an unrecoverable storm for many families.

A NOAA buoy located some 90 miles south-southwest of Panama City recorded sustained winds of 76 mph (122 kmh) early Wednesday.

And none of the factors that hold a storm back were present, especially something called "wind shear". "I'm asking all Floridians to stay vigilant throughout tonight and tomorrow as we brace for Hurricane Michael to make landfall".

Tyndall is home to the 325th Fighter Wing.

The National Weather Service described Michael as "extremely risky", saying it will bring life-threatening storm surge, hurricane force winds and heavy rainfall along the northeastern Gulf Coast.

As of the 5 p.m. advisory Wednesday, Michael's sustained winds dropped slightly to 125 miles per hour while moving north-northeast at 16 miles per hour. According to NASA, the National Hurricane Center reported maximum sustained winds near 150 miles per hour; unsafe storm surge and heavy rain is also expected.

Forecasters expect Michael to become a Category 1 as it moves across land.

Waves crash along a pier from hurricane Michael, Oct. 10, 2018, in Panama City Beach, Fla.

The hurricane center has raised its estimates of the storm surge, saying ocean water could reach levels of 9 to 14 feet aboveground in a central area around Apalachicola.

Six airports in the Florida Panhandle have closed in anticipation of the storm's impacts.

Most hurricanes are good at producing tornadoes because they cause a lot of vertical shear - or differences in wind direction and speed at different heights.

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