Food And Service Personnel On The Way

Florida is prepared to deploy 1 million gallons of water, 1.5 million meals and 400,000 pounds of ice to families impacted by the storm, Gov. Rick Scott tweeted. Scott told CNN 19,000 utility workers are ready to work when conditions become safer, and 1,000 rescue workers are prepared to respond. He said the Coast Guard will assist with rescues and more than 7,000 law enforcement officers also offered to help. Scott said…”I just pray everybody is alive.”

Trump Heading To Panhandle

President Trump will travel to Florida early next week, the White House said Wednesday. At the request of Gov. (Rick) Scott, he will travel to Florida early next week as to not interfere with on going rescue efforts.” Trump would speak to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey while on Air Force One.

Michael Downgraded To Cat 3

Hurricane Michael is now a Category 3 storm with winds of 125 mph, according to the latest weather advisory. The center of the storm is now moving into southeastern Alabama and southwest Georgia. Life-threatening storm surge and catastrophic winds continue for Bay County. Bay County: Residents remain under a shelter in place order.

Michael is expected to move over the Panhandle or the Big Bend area Wednesday and Thursday.

Several colleges and universities in the Panhandle that closed Tuesday are expected to remain closed through Friday, as Hurricane Michael batters northwest Florida. Officials said they are prepared to respond to student needs. However, officials warned students who choose to stay will be advised to follow a “shelter in place” protocol. And, Florida airports also are taking precautions, as the center of Michael is expected to move over the Panhandle or the Big Bend area Wednesday and Thursday.

UPDATE – Hurricane Michael whips up 140-mph winds

UPDATE – Hurricane Michael is now an extremely dangerous category 4 hurricane with 140-mph winds. The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch effective until 4:00 PM for the counties of Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gulf, Jackson, Liberty and Washington. Life-threatening storm surge, hurricane-force winds and heavy rainfall are expected along the northeastern Gulf Coast, including Panama City.

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Several colleges and universities in the Panhandle that closed Tuesday are expected to remain closed through Friday, as Hurricane Michael batters northwest Florida. Officials said they are prepared to respond to student needs. However, officials warned students who choose to stay will be advised to follow a “shelter in place” protocol. And, Florida airports also are taking precautions, as the center of Michael is expected to move over the Panhandle or the Big Bend area Wednesday and Thursday.
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Stations running out of gas in PC, as residents prepare for Cat-3 Hurricane

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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. – Motorists could be seen parked in long lines at several gas stations in Panama City Beach, ahead of Hurricane Michael set to hit Wednesday. Some local gas stations say they’ve been backed up since early Tuesday morning and many are now running out of regular gas, according to reports, as residents in Northwest Florida gear up for what forecasters predict will make landfall as a dangerous cat-3 hurricane. Many are trying to either get out of town or load up on essentials if they plan to ride out the storm at home, but are finding store shelves empty of the essentials, including water.

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A State of Emergency was declared over the weekend in Bay, Walton, and many other counties in Northwest Florida hoping to keep people safe from Hurricane Michael. A mandatory evacuation has been ordered for most of Bay County, as well.
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Panama City issued hurricane warning ahead of Michael

A hurricane warning has been issued from the Alabama-Florida border to the Suwannee River in Florida, including Panama City. The Panhandle and Big Bend region of Florida is bracing for Hurricane Michael, which according to the latest National Hurricane Center projections, could make landfall as a dangerous Category 3 storm Wednesday afternoon. Mandatory evacuations in Bay County have been ordered for evacuation zones A, B and C. A Hurricane Watch and Storm Surge watch has been issued for much of Northwest Florida, including Bay County. Tropical Storm-force winds are expected to reach the region by Tuesday night.

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The City of Panama City and its offices will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Leaders will determine if it will reopen Thursday after the impacts of the storm. And all Panama City Athletic events for the week have been canceled. In Bay County two shelters opened Tuesday at Deane Bozeman School, and Northside Elementary School.
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NWS Warning

The National Weather Service has a dire warning about Hurricane Michael. The NWS said yesterday the storm could develop into a potentially catastrophic event for Northwest Florida. Michael is expected to grow into a category 3 hurricane major hurricane by tonight and make landfall tomorrow. Tornadoes are possible, and the damage is expected to include life-threatening storm surge, widespread power outages, downed trees, and flooding.

Evac Order

Some parts of Bay County are under a mandatory evacuation order, but the sheriff believes getting out might be a good idea for everyone. Sheriff Tommy Ford said yesterday those considering evacuating should do so as soon as possible. He warns that evacuation routes can quickly turn into traffic nightmares. With Hurricane Michael approaching, Ford has placed his deputies on 12-hour shifts.

Hurricane Michael Update

Forecasters continue to predict that Michael will make landfall tomorrow as a major hurricane over Florida’s Panhandle or Big Bend regions. As of 5 a.m. Eastern time, the National Hurricane Center said Michael was about 420 miles south of Panama City, moving north-northwest at 12 miles an hour with top winds of 90 miles an hour. On the forecast track, the center of Michael will continue to move over the southern Gulf of Mexico this morning, then move across the eastern Gulf later today and tonight.