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Hurricane Michael today became a cyclone force majeure, with maximum sustained winds of 195 kilometres an hour, before it hits the northwest coast of Florida, warned today the National Hurricane Center (NHC) of the United States.
Michael strengthened in the last hours and already has category 3 on the Saffir-Simpson scale (of a maximum of 5) while heading north towards the coast of Florida, which is about 470 kilometres.
In its latest newsletter, the NHC also warns that it expects the hurricane to strengthen further before making landfall this Wednesday in the “Panhandle” or “Big Bend” area, the northwest corner of the state, and then cross weakened the southeast of the country.
Meteorologists warn that Michael, who is travelling north at 19 kilometres per hour, generates hurricane-force winds, intense rain and a “deadly” rise in sea level that will reach Florida in the coming hours.
This rise in sea level, caused by the tide, the strong waves and a strong storm surge, could be up to 3.9 meters high in some points of the Florida coast.
The hurricane winds extend from the eye of the cyclone to 75 kilometres, while those of tropical storm force (120 km / h) are felt up to 280 kilometres.
For this reason, the northwest coast of Florida, part of the coast of Alabama, Georgia and areas of Mississippi and South Carolina, are under warnings and warnings of various categories.
Along with strong winds and rain, which could accumulate up to 30 centimetres in some areas, Michael could cause tornadoes in the northwest and all of northern Florida and southern Georgia, where his governor, Nathan Deal, declared the state of emergency in 92 of its counties.
On Monday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who urged US President Donald Trump to do the same, took a similar decision, a measure that became known on Tuesday and with which the president facilitates the arrival of federal assistance resources…
Trump warned today of the intensity of Hurricane Michael in a message on Twitter, in which he warned that this cyclone is greater than Florence, which last month caused the deaths of more than thirty people in the states of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
Source: Agencias ABC