Satellite image of Category 4 Hurricane Michael at 7 a.m. Oct. 10, 2018. Hurricane Michael exploded overnight into a Category 4 hurricane with 145 mph winds and could strengthen before making landfall this afternoon. Michael, which was 65 miles south-southwest of Panama City as of 10 a.m., is moving north at 13 mph. Although there were some thoughts Michael would reach minimal Cat 4 strength, no one was forecasting this kind of rapid intensification. No Category 4 or 5 hurricanes have previously hit Florida’s Panhandle. A Category 5 storm begins with winds at 157 mph. It was at 2 a.m. this morning that Michael first became a Category 4 with 130 mph winds.As of 6 a.m., its initial rain bands began spreading across the Panhandle. Hurricane Force-winds extend out up to 45 miles from Michael’s center. Tropical storm-force winds extend out up to 185 miles. “Satellite images of Michael’s evolution on Tuesday night were, in a word, jaw-droppingl,” said Bob … [Read more...] about UPDATE: 145-mph Hurricane Michael closing in on Panama City
U.S. Within hours, Hurricane Michael is expected to make landfall in the Florida Panhandle, becoming the first Category 4 hurricane to strike the area since at least 1851. Ahead of the storm’s impact, meteorologists and computer systems forecasted where the storm would hit and where it would go after it made landfall, which were all put together in a spaghetti model. Spaghetti models are comprised of multiple forecasted track paths, which are each represented by a thin line, making them look like pieces of spaghetti. A model released on Wednesday morning from Storm Vista showed the storm hitting the Florida Pan Handle before curving to the northeast and working its way up through Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia. Then, the forecasts predict it will move into the Atlantic Ocean, exiting over Virginia Beach, Virginia. A spaghetti model of Hurricane Michael released on Wednesday shows the storm hitting Florida before turning northeast and moving up the coast. Storm Vista … [Read more...] about Updated Spaghetti Models for Hurricane Michael: Will Storm Hit, Panama City, Destin?
Sarah Brookbank Cincinnati Enquirer Published 10:21 AM EDT Oct 10, 2018 Hurricane Michael will reach the Gulf Coast and Florida Panhandle on Wednesday and has been upgraded to an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm by the National Hurricane Center and many vacation spots are in its path. Panama City is set to face the impact head on. The hurricane center is predicting storm surges up to 13 feet in some areas, plus up to 12 inches of rainfall through Florida’s Panhandle and into Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. USA Today reported that Brock Long, administrator at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, warned that the brutal storm would "stay intact" as a hurricane as it roars through the Florida Panhandle and through parts of Alabama and Georgia. Long said the storm could leave wide swaths of the region powerless for weeks. More: As Hurricane Michael closes in on coast, officials worry about 'hardheads' who won't leave More: … [Read more...] about Hurricane Michael: What it means for Panama City, Destin, Gulf Shores, Tampa, Carolinas, New Orleans
Savannah Brock WXIA Published 10:14 AM EDT Oct 10, 2018 PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. – A Panama City Beach Waffle House has pulled out the storm shutters and locked its doors ahead of Hurricane Michael. Ryan Kruger, a reporter for Atlanta television station WXIA, was in the Florida beach town covering the storm and noticed something rarely seen: A closed sign on a Waffle House. “I don’t know if I’ve seen that in my entire life,” Kruger said. The restaurant on Highway 30-A, just across from the beach, was locked as hurricane shutters covered the store with a simple ‘closed’ sign on the door, he reported. “The restaurant that never closes is officially closed,” Kruger said. Pat Warner with Waffle House told USA TODAY that 18 locations were closed as of Wednesday morning along the panhandle from Panama City to Destin. "They are all under evacuation orders and our people have evacuated," Warner said over … [Read more...] about Hurricane Michael: Waffle House is closed in Panama City Beach
Billy Maurice DriggersDale County Sheriff's Office An Alabama police chief was jailed on multiple counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly masturbating in public while looking at women and girls in Panama City Beach, police said. Billy Maurice Driggers, 44, was jailed on four counts of disorderly conduct Thursday, according to a statement from the Panama City Beach Police Department. Driggers is the Chief of Police in Level Plains, Alabama. On Tuesday, the Panama City Beach police were called to the Aqua Condominiums on a report of a suspicious person. Resort guests told security officials they saw a white male masturbating as he watched women. Police identified the man in question as Driggers, who was not a registered guest of the condo nor did he have any valid reason to be on the property, police said. Surveillance footage from the property showed Driggers used the elevators at the resort and on three occasions appeared to have his hand down … [Read more...] about Alabama police chief allegedly fondled himself in front of girls in Panama City Beach