UPDATE: Major Hurricane Michael Bearing Down on Florida Panhandle….

Folks, Hurricane Michael is very serious.  Everyone in the Florida coastal communities of the panhandle and Alabama coast need to take this approaching storm very seriously.  Currently a category-3 storm with winds exceeding 120mph, there is a very real possibility of the storm gaining additional strength before landfall; current forecasts now predict a category-4 storm potential.

[Hurricane Center] At 700 PM CDT (0000 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Michael was located near latitude 26.6 North, longitude 86.5 West. Michael is moving toward the north near 12 mph (19 km/h). A northward motion is expected through tonight, followed by a northeastward motion on Wednesday and Thursday. On the forecast track, the center of Michael will move across the eastern Gulf of Mexico through tonight.

The center of Michael’s eye is then expected to move inland over the Florida Panhandle or Florida Big Bend area on Wednesday, and then move northeastward across the southeastern United States Wednesday night and Thursday, and move off the Mid-Atlantic coast away from the United States on Friday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 120 mph (195 km/h) with higher gusts. Michael is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Strengthening is expected overnight and on Wednesday, and Michael is forecast to be near category 4 strength when it makes landfall in the Florida Panhandle or the Florida Big Bend area. Weakening is expected after landfall as Michael moves across the southeastern United States. (read more)

Those in the impact zone should leave if possible.  No-one should remain on/near the coast.  A category-4 storm can and will erase structures, buildings and landscape.  This storm is very similar to Hurricane Charley which impacted the SW coast of Florida in 2005.   The coastal topography will likely change in the 60 mile wide area of immediate impact.

Total infrastructure failure should be anticipated and it will take weeks for restoration.  The coastal communities are the most vulnerable; however, the inland impact of the storm will continue unimpeded until the eye-wall crosses onto land.

That means communities inland for 50 miles will likely see consistent 100+ MPH winds for several hours.  That scale of sustained wind energy will snap power poles and reinforced concrete.

As the backside of the storm then reverses the energy direction, any already compromised structures will not withstand the additional pressure. In many cases the backside of the storm is worse than the front.

If you are at/near the coast, the time to get out is now. Don’t wait. Take all mandatory evacuations seriously.  If you are inland, prepare yourself for a long duration of extensive wind damage followed by an extended power outage.

*Note* my CERT crew has loaded our toolboxes and trailers onto flatbeds – and staged.  Depending on my activation schedule (based on storm path); updates and posts to CTH may be limited over the next several days.  However, the daily general threads and political threads will auto-post on a preset schedule.  My immediate prayers are for all North Florida, Panhandle and coastal Alabama residents.

Stay strong.  Thousands have staged. Help is on the way…


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239 Responses to UPDATE: Major Hurricane Michael Bearing Down on Florida Panhandle….

  1. Maggiemoowho says:

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  2. nwtex says:

    Anyone seen smiley tonight? Hoping she’s okay….and not too nervous.


  3. nwtex says:

    Horrid pictures up on top…….. makes me uneasy and I’m no where near that thing.


  4. Beverly says:

    A friend of mine is in Fort Walton Beach and says he and his friends are staying tomorrow for a Hurricane Watch Party and plan to ride it out.

    But the NOAA hurricane center has now upgraded the storm to a CATEGORY 4, so he might be bolting the clambake after all. Hope so. He’ll have to drive a long way to find a hotel, so he’ll probably have to bunk with some friends.


    • deqwik2 says:

      Usually the Talladega Speedway opens it’s campgrounds for people but this weekend is race weekend & the race fans have already started coming in. Hotels between Birmingham & Douglasville, Ga will be full just for the race so it will make it harder to find a hotel room.

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  5. fred5678 says:

    Just started raining here near PNS airport in Pensacola.

    Godspeed to all.

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  6. SandraOpines says:

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  7. SandraOpines says:

    Jeff Pietrowski live on Periscope


    • MaineCoon says:

      Jeff says in the hi rises from 3rd floor up in particular windows are going to blow out. Says wind gust will be up to 170 mph.

      Folks, as I said up thread, I saw the majority of the windows blow out of the Fountainbleu Hotel on Miami Beach years ago.

      Jeff said the eye which is 20 miles wide.It is going to blow down buildings.


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  8. Joe2pt.0 says:

    Update from Fort Walton Beach FL :
    Wind 6mph over last hour. No rain.


  9. MaineCoon says:

    Airbnb offers free housing in preparation of Hurricane Michael Sections of Florida, Georgia, Alabama listing free homes for evacuees

    FTA: From now until Oct. 29, areas in Florida, Georgia and Alabama are offering free listings. Airbnb will expand the Open Homes listings if and where needed, or by request of local officials, according to a news release.

    The following is a listing of the communities offering free housing for residents and workers:


    Greater Jacksonville area
    All of Central Florida (including Orange, Osceola, Polk, Brevard, Seminole, Volusia, Marion, Lake, Sumter counties)
    Greater Gainesville area

    Greater Mobile area
    Greater Montgomery area
    Greater Dothan area
    Greater Auburn/Opelika area
    Greater Savannah area

    Greater Savannah area
    Greater Columbus area
    Greater Macon area
    Greater Brunswick area (including Camden, Clinch and Wayne Counties)

    EVACUATE. EVACUATE if it isn’t too late to do so.


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  10. Anonymous says:

    No joke.


  11. heatherjo86 says:

    Just received updated information on this storm and it made landfall with 155 mph winds. Sending many prayers to those affected by this storm. The devastation will be massive. Instances like this always remind me of the importance of treasuring spiritual things as material things can quickly be destroyed (Matthew 6:19-21).

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