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Michael Strengthens Into Category 2 Hurricane

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Tracking Michael What You Need to Know

"That means you need to make sure that you have backup generation power, or you shouldn't be taking care of the patients".

Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in 35 counties along the panhandle and Florida's Big Bend regions.

Currently, the bulk of the forecast model guidance has the storm tracking southeast of the Maritimes, as well as Newfoundland this weekend. "Do not think you can survive it". "It looked a couple of days ago like it was not going to be much, and now it's looking like it could be a very big one, so we're prepared". Because he owns two businesses in the area, Givens, who lives inland, said he was not evacuating.

Federal Emergency Management Agency officials provided an update on Hurricane Michael on Tuesday.

"There's nothing between us and this storm but warm water, and I think that's what terrifies us about the potential impacts", Gillum said.

It could strengthen to a Category 2 hurricane by the time it approaches the Gulf Coast of Florida by Wednesday.

In Alabama, where residents may see massive power outages, high winds and heavy rain, Gov. Kay Ivey issued a state of emergency statewide.

Other Midlands counties were placed under a tropical storm watch Tuesday afternoon, including Lee County, Aiken County, Sumter County and Calhourn County.

The Weather Service warned that coast flooding is expected with each high tide.

Meantime, tropical storm warnings extend from the Chassahowitzka River to the Mississippi-Alabama border.

As we wrote earlier today, as much as $13.4 billion of property reconstruction values stand in hurricane Michael's path. The Category 1 storm was moving north-northwest at 12 miles per hour.

By the time it reaches Florida on Wednesday local time, it is expected to be a category three hurricane with winds of more than 100mph and storm surges of up to 12ft (3.7 metres). The storm was centered about 30 miles off the western tip of Cuba, and about 520 miles south of Apalachicola.

At least 120,000 people along the Florida Panhandle were ordered to clear out on Tuesday as Hurricane Michael rapidly picked up steam in the Gulf of Mexico and closed in with winds of 110 miles per hour and a potential storm surge of 12 feet.

A hurricane Warning was issued from the Alabama-Florida border eastward to Suwannee River.

WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said Tuesday that the storm could cause power outages as its bands of rain and strong winds move into the Triangle. Scott says that as evacuations are ordered, he will waive tolls.

The storm's effects will be felt far from the eye of the hurricane.

Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced an extension Tuesday morning that will allow county supervisors to accept paper voter-registration applications when they reopen from the storm. Residents of this Florida panhandle city were busy Monday readying themselves for Hurricane Michael, which is predicted to make landfall somewhere around Panama City, Fla.

More than 100,000 people were ordered out of a long swath of low-lying communities, including many in Bay County, home of Panama City. On average, the Atlantic has about five hurricanes by October 8.

In a Facebook post Monday, the Wakulla County Sheriff's Office said no shelters would be open because Wakulla County shelters were rated safe only for hurricanes with top sustained winds below 111 miles per hour (178 kph).

"I am not seeing the level of traffic on the roadways that I would expect when we've called for the evacuation of 75 percent of this county", Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford said.

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