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Florida bracing for Hurricane Michael

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  •   10-09-2018  10:46 am

Florida bracing for Hurricane Michael
Hurricane Michael on Oct. 8, 2018 (image courtesy of NASA)

Residents of the Florida Panhandle are preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Michael, expected to make landfall mid-week as a major storm.

Now officially a Category 2 storm – and expected to strengthen to Category 3 by mid-week – Michael headed north through the Gulf of Mexico during the weekend, where it has started to produce heavy rains in western Cuba; up to 30 cm of rain is expected to hit parts of the island, which is bracing for flash floods and mudslides in its mountainous regions. The northeastern corner of the Yucatan is also expected to see heavy rains as a result.

As the hurricane will gather strength as it passes through the gulf over the next two to three days, Florida and the southern reaches of Georgia and Alabama are preparing for high winds, heavy rains and storm surge; a state of emergency has been declared in 35 counties throughout Florida, in which residents have been encouraged to evacuate inland.