A Recent Trajectory Map of Hurricane Michael
(This has already been updated to indicate possible
hurricane strength winds the entire way to the Atlantic)
For those who aren’t following this story, Hurricane Michael, currently a Category 4 storm and feared to become a Category 5, charged up the Gulf of Mexico yesterday and is just a couple of hours away from slamming into the panhandle/big bend region of Florida. It is being called the worst storm to hit the area in over 100 years, and is a monster, over 200 miles wide! The panhandle is going to take a terrible beating and those who have ignored the evactuation orders have put their lives at risk.
Those of us in central Florida–I’m 100 miles from the coast, just above the “E” in Wed on the map–can expect heavy rains and winds as the day progresses, and likely loss of power. A storm surge of more than 14′ is predicted in panhandle region, and continues to one degree or another along MOST of the Gulf coast of Florida. There will be flooding in those areas.
Michael is moving fast, which is good in that it isn’t likely to stall over land like Florence did, dumping an ocean of water into rivers and lakes. The downside of moving that fast is that it may not lose any strength as it moves across the states in jeopardy. The current windspeeds are 145 mph, and it is predicted to sweep through all of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and into Virginia! Since this includes my daughter’s area, I’m praying that making landfall DOES cause those winds to drop, but it’s anybody’s guess.
Please keep the people in Hurricane Michael’s path in your thoughts and prayers. In many ways, this is a far worse storm than Hurricane Florence was, and tremendous loss of property (and possibly life) is likely to occur.
If I disappear for a day or two, it will likely be due to power outages, but I’ll report in when I can.
Okay, that’s my bad news for the day. As you were, folks! Hope most of you will have a good day, and will remember to count your blessings if you are safely out of Michael’s path!