Cat 4 Hurricane Michael approaching Florida Panhandle

 In Event News

As expected, Hurricane Michael has intensified in the Gulf of Mexico, and is now a powerful category 4 storm approaching the Florida Panhandle.

Our data partner MetCon has provided the following commentary:

Major Hurricane Michael has reached CAT 4 strength and will make landfall early this afternoon near Panama City as – most likely – a CAT 4 storm.  The Florida Panhandle region has not seen a storm of this strength, and Michael will be the strongest October hurricane to make US landfall since Hazel hit the Carolinas in 1954. The forecast straight track will really create severe flood inundation over a wide region. The pressure has fallen 35 Mb in 24 hours, an amazingly rapid development in response to a favorable environment and very warm water.

The highest winds are located in the eye wall.  The GFS model has been remarkably consistent in the track the past several days but the solution is a little weaker than actual due to the resolution and the rapid strengthening of Hurricane Michael.  The peak wind gust (as of 8a) are in the 50 mph range but will increase rapidly along the coast the next several hours.  TS winds are expected to track across Georgia and the Carolinas.  Heavy rainfall will occur along the track – five to eight inches – and much of this will fall in the Carolinas in areas that are already extremely wet due to Hurricane Florence, increasing flooding.  Coastal flood inundation of 9 ft to 13 ft is expected from the center of the storm and to the right.  Timing is somewhat critical for coastal flood inundation but will be catastrophic regardless of timing.

Hurricane Michael 10-10-2018Assessing the impact

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