Hurricane Michael: The trajectory of the weather phenomenon will affect several cities in northeastern Florida and the states of Georgia, the Carolinas, and Virginia, where strong winds and rains are already causing serious damage
After hitting land on Wednesday afternoon near Mexico Beach in northeast Florida, Category 4 hurricane Michael was close to impacting the Panhandle area with category 5, according to the National Hurricane Center, based in Miami.
Forecasters expect the storm to weaken as it crosses the southeast, after a turn to the northeast at the end of the afternoon or evening on Wednesday with an increase in its speed.
A look at what houses in #Mexico Beach, #Florida look like right now. This is a follow up from the previous clip posted. They are now submerged and were no match for #HurricaneMichael (via Tessa Talarico) #Hurricane #Michael #HurricaneMichael2018 pic.twitter.com/GJENrhFJha
— Josh Benson (@WFLAJosh) October 10, 2018
Hurricane force winds extend from the eye of the hurricane for about 45 miles, while tropical storm force (less than 75 mph) feel up to 175 miles from the center of the cyclone.
The trajectory of the weather phenomenon affects several cities in northeastern Florida and the states of Georgia, the Carolinas, and Virginia, where the strong winds and rains, which could accumulate up to 12 inches, would cause strong currents in rivers, floods, and Rising sea levels.
The forecasts of the meteorologists suggest that the level of the sea could rise until the 14 feet due to the strong winds, the storm surge that causes and the rise of the tide, foreseen from the afternoon of this Wednesday.
This is how Michael travels through northeastern Florida and the southeast of the state of the US
The cities of Panama City Beach, Rosemary Beach, Laguna Beach, Sunnyside, Tyndall Air Force Base, Mexico Beach and Keaton Beach in Florida were first impacted by Hurricane Michael.
In the absence of a preliminary assessment of the damage caused by the hurricane, the effects of Michael’s step are evident in the first videos posted on the internet by neighbors of Mexico Beach, where Michael touched down at about 12:30 local time. .
— Cali Dreaming NaphiSoc (@NaphiSoc) October 10, 2018
This Thursday, Michael will move away from the Panhandle and weather conditions are expected to improve at night.
The governor of Florida, Rick Scott, promised that “as soon as Michael passes” there will be a “massive response” to support the Panhandle, with more than one “thousand specialists in search and rescue of people” and 3,500 National Guard troops of the state, according to the news agency
A report by The Washington Post published on Wednesday assesses the progress of the meteorological phenomenon and predicts the effects that the cities that are in its trajectory cone could have.
The most damaging winds begin to strengthen in the early afternoon of this Wednesday in the city of Albany, Georgia and can reach a maximum of 50 mph around midnight. The gusts of wind could exceed 65 mph. It is very likely that power cuts will occur as a result of strong winds, which could affect large sectors and become general blackouts.
For this Thursday it is expected that the winds will weaken in the first of the morning, but during the day dispersed electrical storms will be maintained. The rainfall forecast can reach between four and eight inches.
— #WVTM13 (@WVTM13) October 10, 2018
After living most of Wednesday with rain and winds with gusts of up to 20 mph, the city of Atlanta will begin to feel the greatest effects of Hurricane Michael at the end of Wednesday night and in the early hours of Thursday morning, with northbound winds, when the center of the meteorological phenomenon is expected to be closer. Precipitation can reach three inches.
According to forecast models, on Thursday Michael will move eastward, pushed by a cold front, which will cause the winds to strengthen.
The city of Augusta, also in Georgia, will be affected this Wednesday by the rains that accompany the external bands of the hurricane or its remnants. Winds of around 10 mph are expected from the east.
On Thursday, when the remnants of Michael drag high humidity of the Gulf of Mexico, is expected to increase the speed of the winds that could stay in the range of 25 mph, with bursts of up to 35 in the afternoon, which will gradually decrease. Electric power cuts can be reported and rainfall accumulations are expected to be between two and four inches.
The city of Columbia, in South Carolina, on the outskirts of the hurricane, will feel winds of around 15 mph at the end of Wednesday night, and on Thursday will receive occasional torrential rain that can generate flash floods. The winds could reach a maximum of 25 mph, with gusts of up to 35 mph.
The rains and the wind will begin to decrease on Thursday night and it is expected that the accumulated rainfall will be between three and five inches.
Michael’s remains will tour the Carolinas on Thursday morning and could cause torrential rains in Charlotte, North Carolina. Sustained winds of up to 15 mph are expected, with gusts that could reach 20 mph in the afternoon and evening.
Rain accumulations of between three and five inches are expected and as a consequence of the force of the winds, electrical cuts could occur.
The region of the state of Virginia, where the cities of Norfolk and Virginia Beach are located, will become a sunny Wednesday afternoon on a rainy night with southeasterly winds that could generate small coastal floods in Virginia Capes.
On Wednesday night, the winds will be from the south region between 10 and 15 mph, and the rains will affect Thursday, all day, and can become torrential. According to the trajectory that Michael follows, some areas could receive accumulated rainfall of more than six inches in less than 24 hours.
On Friday, the rains will give way to a clear sky in the afternoon and the winds will turn from the northwest behind the cold front with gusts that can be between 40 and 60 mph in inland areas. Accumulated rainfall of between three to six inches is expected.
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