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Updates as of 10/11 3:00 P.M. (PT)
Hurricane Michael carved swaths of devastation as it made landfall on the Florida Panhandle.
- An 80-mile stretch of I-10 was closed Thursday morning as the Florida Highway Patrol worked to clear debris from the roadway. The closure impacted a stretch of the freeway from west of Tallahassee to Lake Seminole, the report added.
- More than 1 million homes and businesses have lost power in the South.
Updates as of 10/10 5:00 P.M. (PT)
Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida, early Wednesday afternoon.
- It was the first Category 4 or stronger hurricane to make landfall on the Florida Panhandle.
- Catastrophic storm surge and destructive winds will continue as Michael moves inland.
- Over a million power outages will occur not just near the coast, but also inland. Outages could leave some areas without power for over a week.
- Rainfall flooding is also a significant threat inland into the Carolinas.
- Here are the high tides of concern through early Thursday for a few locations in the storm surge threat area along the Florida Gulf coast (all times are local):
- Panama City: 10:30 p.m. Wednesday
- Apalachicola: 6:10 p.m. Wednesday | 4:58 a.m. Thursday
- Cedar Key: 3:18 a.m. Thursday
- Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg: 3:09 a.m. Thursday
Updates as of 10/10 8:53 A.M. (PT)
- Hurricane Michael is now considered a Category 4 Storm.
- Power outages are guaranteed to happen within the inland area as well as the coasts.
- According to the National Hurricane Center, if the storm hits as strong as expected the following cities are expected to reach water levels at a high of 14 feet.
- Tyndall Air Force Base to Keaton Beach, Florida: 9 to 14 feet
- Okaloosa/Walton County line to Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida: 6 to 9 feet
- Keaton Beach to Cedar Key, Florida: 6 to 9 feet
- Cedar Key to Chassahowitzka, Florida: 4 to 6 feet
- Chassahowitzka to Anna Maria Island, Florida, including Tampa Bay: 2 to 4 feet
- Sound side of the North Carolina Outer Banks from Ocracoke Inlet to Duck: 2 to 4 feet
Updates as of 10/09 2:35 P.M. (PT)
- Hurricane Michael is now considered a Category 3 Storm.
- The weather conditions will worsen beginning Tuesday evening on the Northeastern Gulf Coast.
- Hurricane Michael is then projected to accelerate across the southeastern side of the U.S. Wednesday-Thursday night.
- Metropolitan areas that may experience power outages: Tallahassee, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Columbia, Greenville-Spartanburg, Charleston, Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham.
Source: The Weather Channel