Oct 10, 2018

Hurricane Michael: New information on landfall, storm surge, more

St Marks, FL
USA
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Steve Kiggins and Marina Pitofsky
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USA TODAY
The St. Marks River overflows into the city of St. Marks, Fla., ahead of Hurricane Michael on Oct. 10, 2018. Photo: Brendan Farrington, AP
The St. Marks River overflows into the city of St. Marks, Fla., ahead of Hurricane Michael on Oct. 10, 2018. Photo: Brendan Farrington, AP

The storm touched down on land about 1:40 p.m. ET with hurricane-force winds razing the Panhandle coastline. 

The hurricane center said the minimum pressure inside the eye of the hurricane continued to drop, down to 923 millibars at noon Wednesday, according to data from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft.

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The storm came ashore near Mexico Beach, population 1,200, about 25 miles southeast of Panama City. 

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The danger of Michael’s storm surge has increased: 9- to 13-foot surges are predicted in some areas of Florida, according to the National Hurricane Center. A storm surge warning is in place for the border of Okaloosa and Walton counties to the Anclote River.

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At the time of landfall, storm winds reached up to 155 mph, 2 mph short of a Category 5 hurricane. Michael had maximum sustained winds of more than 150 mph prior to landfall, and the hurricane center has warned that "additional strengthening" would be possible.