Disaster Discourse: The Hagerty Blog

Late in Atlantic Hurricane Season, the Gulf Region Prepares for Hurricane Michael

Arising later in this year’s Atlantic Hurricane season, which runs from June 1 – November 30, Hurricane Michael is quickly approaching the Gulf Region. The storm strengthened into a hurricane on Monday and according to the latest updates from the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Michael has intensified to a Category 2 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. The NHC currently forecasts that the center of the hurricane will approach the Florida Panhandle by Wednesday morning. Additionally, the NHC’s current data shows Michael’s maximum sustained winds reaching 110 miles per hour and anticipates a major hurricane at landfall.

NOAA National Hurricane Center Hurricane Michael Forecast Cone as of 10/09/18 at 11:00 am EST

Heavy rainfall and life-threatening storm surges are expected to begin arriving along portions of the Florida coastline and greater Gulf Region in advance of the storm. Storm surge watches and warnings have been issued along the Gulf Region as seen on the map below:

NOAA National Hurricane Center Hurricane Michael Storm Surge Watches and Warnings as of 10/09/18 at 5:00 am EST

The NHC predicts that the heavy rains brought on by Hurricane Michael could cause dangerous flash-flooding across areas of the Southeast.

In anticipation of the hurricane’s landfall, Governor Kay Ivey of Alabama and Governor Rick Scott of Florida have declared states of emergency, for the entire state of Alabama and 35 counties in Florida, respectively. Additionally, voluntary and mandatory evacuations have been issued for communities across Florida. The NHC and FEMA are encouraging residents in the path of the storm to finish preparations today and heed advice of local officials as Hurricane Michael approaches the coast.

Hagerty will continue to monitor Michael’s movements and provide critical updates on Disaster Discourse this week. If you are in the path of the storm, please seek guidance from your state and local officials.

Below is a list of information resources to be prepared for hurricanes and hazardous weather:

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