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Shelters Opening, Evacuation Notices Posted Ahead Of Hurricane Michael

North Florida and the Big Bend is expected to start feeling the impact of Hurricane Michael today, with the brunt of the storm expected Wednesday. Michael is presently a Category 2 storm and is expected to strengthen into a Category 3 when it comes ashore somewhere in the region.

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Updated at 4:55 a.m. ET

Tropical Storm Michael rampaged through South Carolina, North Carolina and finally southeastern Virginia on Thursday, before heading for the Atlantic Ocean.

Key Road, Highway Closures

Oct 11, 2018
car on highway bridge
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Several key roads and highways are presently closed as the Big Bend cleans up after Hurricane Michael. A large swatch of Interstate 10  is closed for more than 80 miles in either direction from mile marker 85 through mile marker 160. Westbound Lanes are closed from the Apalachicola River to mile marker 120.  Highway 98 between Eastpoint and Carrabelle is washed out. There are additional Road closures in Gadsden County and on Highway 27.

How And Where To Report Power Outages

Oct 10, 2018

Power outtages are expected to be widespread as Hurricane Michael begins making its way to the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend.  Report outages to your local utility. 

Cali Beauty, on Apalachee Parkway in Tallahassee, is one of many that has boarded up its windows in advance of Hurricane Michael. (10/10/18)
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Calling the situation "unprecedented" the National Weather Service upgraded Hurricane Michael to a Category 4 early Wednesday morning. It has maximum sustained winds of 140 mph.

Potential trajectory of Hurricane Michael shows a potential Wednesday landfall as a Category 3 Hurricane.
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Hurricane Michael is expected to strike the Panahandle and Big Bend region Wednesday as a Category 3 storm. Panama City, Apalachicola and Tallahassee could feel the brundt of the storm's damage. Evacuation notices, school closures and emergency shelter location is below. 

Mayor Andrew Gillum and Utility Director Rob McGarrah
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Cities such as Kissimeee, Florida and Lafayette, Louisiana will be sending electrical crews to help with power outages caused by Hurricane Michael. Mayor Andrew Gillum and Utility Director Rob McGarrah say there will be consistent help to get power back as soon as the storm passes.

Tom Flanigan

Downtown Tallahassee turned into a literal buffet of Asian cultures and especially Asian food on Saturday, Oct. 6.  The Fourteenth Annual Experience Asia Festival brought tens-of-thousands to the Bloxham and Lewis parks.

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North Florida and the Big Bend is expected to start feeling the impact of Hurricane Michael today, with the brunt of the storm expected Wednesday. Michael is presently a Category 2 storm and is expected to strengthen into a Category 3 when it comes ashore somewhere in the region.

Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee's Mission San Luis hosted its yearly Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, Oct. 6. The ritual dates back to St. Francis of Assisi in the 13th Century.

NOAA

  

Michael is now officially a Category 1 hurricane, and is expected to be a Category 3 when it makes landfall Wednesday. Big Bend Counties are beginning to announce school closures, sandbag locations and additional safety information. 

Governor Rick Scott has extended his emergency order to additional counties and is requesting pre-landfall disaster declaration.

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