Michael expected to have some impact on Carolinas

Waves begin to build at the Havana seafront

The NHC expects the center of Hurricane Michael to cross onto the Florida Panhandle or Florida Big Bend Area on Wednesday.

Hurricane Michael will make landfall along the Gulf Coast Wednesday as a Category 3 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Twenty-three years ago, in 1995, another major October hurricane battered the Florida Panhandle: Opal.

As Hurricane Opal moved over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, it rapidly intensified from a tropical storm into a Category 4 hurricane.

Either way, residents should "be prepared like you would with any approaching storm", he said.

- Just weeks after an onslaught of rainfall from Florence, North Carolina is due for another drenching as Hurricane Michael makes its way across the southeast from the Florida panhandle. In neighboring Wakulla County, no shelters are opening at all because its shelters are only rated safe for Category 2 storms.

Nadine, which is no threat to land, is notable as the 14th named storm this hurricane season, which was forecast to have less activity than during a normal year.

Hurricane Michael, now churning in the Gulf of Mexico with winds up to 100 miles per hour, is expected to weaken to a tropical storm by the time it arrives in North Carolina starting late Wednesday night or Thursday morning.

Data from hurricane hunter aircraft flying through Hurricane Michael show the storm is still strengthening over the Gulf of Mexico.

Cedar Key to Crystal River could see storm surges topping 6-8 feet. "You will see power outages", said Jeff Byard, associate administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Office of Response and Recovery. "There are warnings for more than 300 miles of coastline". However, forecasters always note it is not possible to say where a hurricane will land until it is closer to the coast.

A hurricane warning is in effect for Florida cities including Tallahassee, Panama City, Apalachicola and Pensacola.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott warned it was a "monstrous hurricane", and his Democratic opponent for the Senate, Sen.

Storm surge warnings are also in place along the Florida and Alabama coasts.

US producers in the Gulf cut oil production by about 40 percent and natural gas output by 28 percent on Tuesday, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said. "As Hurricane Michael nears landfall, we are working with state and local officials in Florida to take all necessary precautions", Trump said on Monday.

"A fast-moving storm also ensures that the storm can maintain some intensity farther inland". "And then you're riding it out in your vehicle instead of something else".

A fall system tracking through the Maritimes on Thursday and Friday will see some extra tropical moisture added, as it holds hands with Michael.

Scott extended a state of emergency to 35 counties and activated 2,500 National Guardsmen for hurricane duty.

Tens of thousands of residents and tourists were ordered evacuated from low-lying areas in at least 20 Florida counties stretching along 200 miles (322 km) of shore in the Panhandle and adjacent Big Bend regions.

"Today is the day".

Areas likely to be hardest hit include the Crestview-Fort Walton Beach area, Panama City and Florida's state capital, Tallahassee.

"This is a storm that is going to be life-threatening in several ways", said Bo Patterson, the mayor of Port St. Joe, Florida, whose small beachfront town lies directly in the storm's projected path.

"I feel like that they should've provided something", she said.

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