The Florida Disaster website on October 9 said that parts or all of Bay County, Citrus County, Franklin County, Dixie County, Gulf County, Jackson County, Levy County, Okaloosa County, Taylor County, Wakulla County, and Walton County have been issued mandatory evacuation orders. "I'm freakin' scared I'm going to lose everything I own, man".
The hurricane is 90 miles south-west of Panama City as of 8am eastern time. Weakening is expected after the storm makes landfall.
While eyes in space watch the unsafe storm from above, cameras on the ground are tracking the hurricane's impending landfall for live internet viewing. While the swiftly moving storm is not expected to linger over Florida for long, widespread heavy downpours will likely track inland to flood-stricken areas of the Carolinas even as rain-gorged rivers there begin to recede, National Weather Service meteorologist Ken Widelski told the conference call.More news: Virgin Galactic to be in space 'in weeks,' owner Branson says
Unprecedented? This could be the first time a 4 or stronger hurricane has ever made landfall in the Florida panhandle, per TWC.
With Election Day less than a month away, the crisis was seen as a test of leadership for Scott, a Republican running for the Senate, and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, the Democratic nominee for governor.
While most homes around him are vacation rentals or summer getaways for their owners, Sadousky had stayed put through more than four decades of storms.
Only a skeleton staff remained at Tyndall Air Force Base, situated on a peninsula just south of Panama City. Evacuations spanned 22 counties from the Florida Panhandle into north central Florida. But civilians don't have to follow orders, and authorities feared many failed to heed their warnings to get out.More news: Hurricane Michael takes aim at Florida Panhandle, prompting evacuations
"This storm will be life-threatening and extremely unsafe", Scott said Sunday after receiving a briefing at the State Emergency Operations Center.
'I guess it's the worst-case scenario.
Downed trees will block access to roads and endanger individuals, as well as winds which cause structural damage to homes and businesses.
University of Georgia's Marshall Shepherd, a former president of the American Meteorological Society, called it a "life-altering event" on Facebook and said he watched the storm's growth on satellite images with a pit growing in his stomach.More news: Thomas Rhett's American Music Awards flashy suit contains hidden tribute
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