Oct 10, 2018

Hurricane Michael Has Made Landfall Near Mexico Beach, Florida; Life-Threatening Storm Surge, Catastrophic Winds Continue

Mexico Beach, FL
USA
by
The Weather Channel
Image: The Weather Channel
Image: The Weather Channel

Hurricane Michael made landfall as a catastrophic, unprecedented Category 4 storm on the Florida Panhandle with a life-threatening storm surge and over 100 mph winds possible not just near the coast, but also inland that could leave some areas without power for over a week.

Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida, around 12:30 p.m. CDT with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph and a minimum pressure of 919 millibars.

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Water levels are quickly rising and a storm surge of more than 6.5 feet has already been reported at Apalachicola.

Rain has already moved into the Florida Panhandle with some locally heavy squalls. 

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An observing site near Tyndall Airforce Base, near Panama City, measured a wind gust to 130 mph Wednesday afternoon and a wind gust to 106 mph was reported at Port St. Joe early.