PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of Hurricane Michael (all times local):11 a.m.Power and cellphone service is starting to be restored in parts of Florida's storm-battered Panhandle.State emergency management officials reported Saturday that nearly 264,000 customers remain without electricity in the state.They also said that 80 percent of cellphone service has been restored throughout the region hit by Hurricane Michael. But the numbers remain high in the hardest-hit areas.Bay County, which is where Panama City is located, only has 30 percent cellphone coverage. Nearly 100,000 customers in that coastal county also remain without power. Smaller coastal counties south of Panama City and rural north Florida counties also remain in the dark.Lights have been coming back on in Tallahassee. More than 100,000 city utility customers lost power right after the storm, but as of Saturday there were about 40,000 who remained without electricity.———9 … [Read more...] about The Latest: Utilities slowly come back in storm-hit Florida
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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?
U.S. Deadly storm surges and immense wind damage are imminent as "potentially catastrophic" Hurricane Michael races through the Gulf of Mexico toward Florida's Panhandle. The category 4 storm is expected to produce surges of up to 13 feet and drop as much as a foot of rain, according to CBS News. Michael grew more powerful in the early hours of Wednesday morning. "The storm moved about 40 miles toward Florida overnight and was about 140 miles away from Panama City and 130 miles from Apalachicola by the 5 a.m. EDT," Newsweek reported. "In the hours between the 2 a.m. advisory and the 5 a.m. advisory, Michael gained strength to maximum sustained wind speeds of 140 miles per hour. Hurricane force winds extend 45 miles from the center of the storm and tropical storm force winds extend 185 miles." Michael is a historically powerful storm for the Panhandle. "The historical record, going back to 1851, finds no Category 4 hurricane ever hitting the Florida … [Read more...] about Hurricane Michael Live Streams: Watch as the Category 4 Storm Hits Florida
Last Updated Oct 8, 2018 6:51 PM EDT MIAMI -- A tropical weather system rapidly strengthened Monday into Hurricane Michael Monday and is likely to keep growing stronger ahead of an expected strike on Florida's Panhandle by midweek, forecasters said. Florida and Alabama have both declared states of emergency. Michael was likely to strengthen into a Category 2 hurricane sometime Tuesday, meteorologist Danielle Niles of CBS Boston reports.Michael could strengthen into a major hurricane, the term for storms reaching Category 3 and higher, with winds topping 111 mph by Tuesday night before an expected strike Wednesday on the Panhandle or Big Bend, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm will spend two to three days over the Gulf of Mexico, which has very warm water temperatures and favorable atmospheric conditions.Because of that, "there is a real possibility that Michael will strengthen to a major hurricane before landfall," Robbie Berg, a hurricane specialist at the … [Read more...] about Hurricane Michael could hit Florida Panhandle as Category 2 storm
U.S. Hurricane Michael is likely to rapidly intensify into a major Category 3 hurricane before smalling into the Florida panhandle as a major hurricane on Wednesday, according to the latest forecast on Monday from the National Hurricane Center. The storm is expected to then behave unusually, tracking inland across Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia at tropical storm strength late Wednesday and Thursday before exiting the coast into the Atlantic. Michael's maintaining tropical storm strength inland is forecast because a portion of the large storm is expected to remain off the southeast coast as Michael moves inland, making it a dangerous force for multiple states through early Friday, long after landfall. The Hurricane Michael 2018 path, track forecast models on Monday show the storm hitting the Florida panhandle as a Category 3 storm. Michael is expected to behave unusually inland, moving across Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia … [Read more...] about Hurricane Michael NHC Models Show Category 3 Storm Hitting Florida Panhandle, Tropical Storm Tracking Through Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia