Florida Gov. Declares State Of Emergency Ahead Of Hurricane

NOAA: Hurricane Michael 2018 Projected Path, Spaghetti Models

He also activated 500 members of Florida's National Guard.

The National Hurricane Center reported the Category 1 storm's maximum sustained winds were measuring around 75 miles per hour Monday morning.

A major hurricane is a Category 5, 4 or 3 hurricane, which has winds of at least 111 miles per hour. A Category 2 hurricane has sustained winds of 96 to 110 miles per hour.

After being briefed on the storm Monday, Fla.

Update: Michael, moving toward the US Gulf Coast, is now a Category 1 hurricane, the National Hurricane Center said. Michael's track is pointing to a region that extends from Mobile, Alabama through the Florida Panhandle and into northern Florida.

A hurricane watch is in effect for the Florida border on the west coast.

A storm surge warning - meaning risky flooding could strike in the next 36 hours - is in effect for a long swath of Florida's coast, from the Okaloosa-Walton county line east of Pensacola to the Anclote River, just north of Tampa Bay. The areas from Chassahowitzka to Anna Maria Island and between the Alabama-Florida border and the Okaloosa-Walton county line could see 2 feet to 4 feet of storm surge.

In 2016, Scott clashed with Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, now the Democratic candidate for governor, over the city's response to Hurricane Hermine.

Michael is the seventh hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season.

With Michael's winds projected to be stronger than that, Wakulla County residents were urged to evacuate inland.

The storm achieved hurricane status with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour Monday morning, triggering warnings of a life-threatening storm surge that could hit the Florida Gulf Coast.

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"This storm has the potential to bring devastating impacts to communities across the Panhandle and Big Bend and every family must be prepared".

"I know people are worn out from Florence, but don't let this storm catch you with your guard down", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said, adding, "A number of homes have rooftop tarps that could be damaged or blown away with this wind".

"You've got to take care of yourself", said Scott, sporting his faded Navy baseball cap that has become a hallmark of his past emergency attire, after a briefing at the Bay County Emergency Operations Center in Southport.

"If you decide to stay in your home and a tree falls on your house or the storm surge catches you and you're now calling for help, there's no one that can respond to help you", Morgan said at a news conference.

According to My Panhandle, mandatory evacuations have been issued for all of Cape San Blas, All of Indian Pass area, Simmons Bayou, Highland View, Windmark, In the City of Port St. Joe all areas from St. Joseph Bay to Long Avene, St. Joe Beach and Beacon Hill, and Waterside of Hwy. 98.

Florida State University campuses in Tallahassee and Panama City plan to close Tuesday through Friday.

In Alabama, governor Kay Ivey has declared a state of emergency in anticipation of widespread power outages, wind damage and heavy rain.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency on Tuesday for 92 counties in his state.

With agencies preparing for the storm, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said a meeting this week of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission had been canceled. Forecasters warned that the storm could produce up to a foot of rain in western Cuba, potentially triggering flash floods and mudslides in mountainous areas.

According to an alert published by the Cuban Civil Defense, meteorologists warned affected residents that they could experience hurricane-force winds.

Several people were taken by van from coastal Wakulla County to Tallahassee's Leon County to the north. Wakulla County's shelters are not considered reliable against storms stronger than a Category 2.

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