Brendan Farrington and Tamara Lush, Associated Press Updated 11:59 pm CDT, Tuesday, October 9, 2018 A couple is silhouetted against the sunset at the St. Andrews Marina in Panama City, Fla., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, ahead of Hurricane Michael. (Patti Blake/News Herald via AP) A couple is silhouetted against the sunset at the St. Andrews Marina in Panama City, Fla., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, ahead of Hurricane Michael. (Patti Blake/News Herald via AP) Photo: Patti Blake, AP Robert Sandousky gestures as he holds up some wire he plans on using to repair one of his fences from storm debris at his home Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, in Keaton Beach, Fla. Sandousky has ridden out several storms since he moved to the area some 40 years ago. Hurricane Michael continues to churn in the Gulf of Mexico heading for the Florida panhandle. less Robert Sandousky gestures as he holds up some wire he plans on using to repair one of his … [Read more...] about Florida Panhandle braces for 1st major hurricane in years
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Jason Samenow and Brian McNoldy, The Washington Post Published 1:56 pm CDT, Monday, October 8, 2018 Hurricane Michael is strengthening as it enters the Gulf of Mexico, and is aimed at Florida. The storm is expected to become a Category 3 hurricane by the time it reaches Florida's Gulf Coast on Wednesday. It will probably be the area's strongest hurricane in at least 13 years. Both Florida's Panhandle, from Pensacola to Apalachicola, and its Big Bend area are the zones of greatest concern. This area faces the possibility of coastal inundation, flooding rain and destructive winds starting Tuesday night and continuing through Wednesday. "Michael could be one of the worst hurricanes to ever strike the Florida Big Bend and Florida Panhandle region," tweeted Rick Knabb, the Weather Channel's hurricane expert. "We only have today and Tuesday to complete life-saving preparations." The National Hurricane Center warned of a "life-threatening storm surge" at the coast which is the … [Read more...] about Hurricane Michael forecast to make landfall in Florida as ‘dangerous’ Category 3 Wednesday
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Patrick Riley Naples Daily News Published 3:26 p.m. UTC Jun 23, 2018 Less than a year ago, one of the most ferocious storms in recent memory ripped through Southwest Florida, shredding trailers, flooding homes and triggering the largest evacuation in Collier County’s history. Hurricane Irma made landfall on Florida’s west coast as a Category 3 storm Sept. 10, packing peak wind gusts of more than 140 mph, dropping more than 10 inches of rain and drawing storm surges of 4 to 5 feet. More: Hurricane Irma makes landfall on Marco Island The massive storm drained the county’s resources as shelters quickly filled up. Some evacuees had to scramble to find refuge outside Collier County, such as at Germain Arena in Estero. In Collier alone, 17,000 evacuees sheltered at 29 schools, which make up the vast majority of storm shelters. But if Collier is threatened by an even fiercer storm this hurricane season — a strong Category 4 or even more … [Read more...] about Hurricane shelter space shortage in Collier second largest in Florida, report says