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21st of October 2018

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Hurricane Michael's path as category 4 storm set to hit Florida

author image This satellite image made available by NOAA shows Hurricane Michael, center, in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018 at 3:17 p.m. EDT. (NOAA via AP) Hurricane Michael, center, in the Gulf of Mexico yesterday (Picture: NOAA via AP)

Another hurricane is due to hit the US, with Michael set to reach the coast of Floridia today.

It’s currently a category 4 storm, with winds of up to 140mph expected.

Schools and public buildings in the area have been closed, and people have been urged to leave or find shelter.

Find out the path of hurricane, which is currently making its way towards land.

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Panama City is said to be the first in the US to be hit. This will be at some point on Wednesday morning (today) Florida time.

At this point, with wind speeds hitting 140mph, it could be the strongest hurricane ever to hit the Florida Panhandle.

It will then head towards Tallahassee and Tampa, before moving through southeastern America.

It will gradually downgrade in speed and severity before leaving land on Friday.

Hurricane Michael takes aim at the Gulf Coast and Florida MIAMI -- Michael gained new strength over warm tropical waters amid a forecast that it would swiftly intensify into a major hurricane before striking Florida's northeast Gulf Coast, where frantic coastal residents were boarding up homes and seeking evacuation routes away from the dangerous storm heading their way. A hurricane hunter plane that bounced into the swirling eye of Michael off the west tip of Cuba late Monday found wind speeds were rising even as forecasters warned the storm would reach major (Category 3) hurricane status with winds topping 111 mph. Landfall is expected Wednesday on the northeastern Gulf Coast, where authorities warned of a potentially devastating strike. The National Hurricane Center, in Miami said early Tuesday that, "On the forecast track, the center of Michael will continue to move over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico this morning, then move across the eastern Gulf of Mexico later today and tonight. The center of Michael is expected to move inland over the Florida Panhandle or Florida Big Bend area on Wednesday. The center added an ominous note, saying, "Strengthening is expected, and Michael is forecast to be a major hurricane at landfall in Florida. Weakening is expected after landfall as Michael moves through the southeastern United States" Wednesday night and Thursday. As of 5 a.m. EDT Tuesday, Michael's top sustained winds had strengthened somewhat to 90 mph as it headed north-northwest at 12 mph. The storm was centered about 390 miles south of Apalachicola and 420 miles south of Panama City, Florida. Hurricane-force winds extended outward up to 40 miles from the core and tropical-storm-force winds went out 195 miles Michael lashed western Cuba Monday with heavy rains and strong winds. Forecasters warned that Michael could dump up to a foot of rain in western Cuba, potentially triggering flash floods and mudslides in mountain areas. Disaster agencies in El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua reported 13 deaths as roofs collapsed and residents were carried away by swollen rivers. Six people died in Honduras, four in Nicaragua and three in El Salvador. Authorities were also searching for a boy swept away by a river in Guatemala. Most of the rain was blamed on a low-pressure system off the Pacific coast of El Salvador. Hurricane Michael in the Caribbean could have also contributed. On the Florida Panhandle, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan bluntly advised residents who choose to ride out the storm that first responders won't be able to reach them during or immediately after Michael smashes into the coast. "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. Florida Gov. Rick Scott called Michael a "monstrous hurricane" with a devastating potential from high winds, storm surge and heavy rains. He declared a state of emergency for 35 Florida counties from the Panhandle to Tampa Bay, activated hundreds of Florida National Guard members and waived tolls to encourage those near the coast to evacuate inland. He also warned caregivers at north Florida hospitals and nursing homes to do all possible to assure the safety of the elderly and infirm. Following Hurricane Irma last year, 14 people died when a South Florida nursing home lost power and air conditioning. "If you're responsible for a patient, you're responsible for the patient. Take care of them," he said. A large mound of sand in Tallahassee was whittled down to a small pile within hours Monday as residents filled sandbags against potential flooding. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, Florida's Democratic nominee for governor, filled sandbags with residents and urged residents of the state capital city to finish up emergency preparations quickly. Local authorities fear power outages and major tree damage from Michael. Michael a few hours ago (Picture: Weather.com)

The National Hurricane Center have warned that some regions of Florida may see storm surges of up to 14 feet.

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Nearby areas such as Western Cuba, Florida Panhandle and Big Ben have been told to expect flash flooding which could be life-threatening.

Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in over 30 counties and has urged people to make immediate safety plans.

He said, ‘If you don’t follow warnings from officials this storm could kill you… Don’t take a chance.’

There has been a state-wide state of emergency issued in Alabama with power outages and wind damage likely.

There have also been emergencies declared in 92 counties in Georgia for the next seven days.

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