Hurricane Michael, which threatens Florida, went into category 3 on October 9, 2018. – NOAA / Sipa
A hurricane is chasing another. After Florence, who has killed at least 31 people in North Carolina, Michael is approaching Florida. And it strengthened strongly on Tuesday, passing in a few hours in category 2 then 3, on a scale of 5. With winds averaging 195 km / h and heavy rain, it could become "the most devastating touching Florida for decades, "Governor Rick Scott warned.
The evacuation measures affect 120,000 people in Bay County, according to Sheriff Tommy Ford, who insisted on the need to evacuate "as soon as possible." He warned those who refused to leave that once the hurricane arrived, the authorities could not help them "until weather conditions permit."
The sea level could rise by 3.65 meters
The hurricane, which climbed into category 3 on Tuesday afternoon on a scale of 5 – just a few hours after going into category 2–, generated winds averaging 195 km / h with gusts sometimes and it should continue to strengthen, announced the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
Winds of the force of a tropical storm should begin to be felt as early as Tuesday night. The authorities have also warned against rising sea level, which could reach 3.65 meters in some places.
Heavy rainfall from #Michael could produce life-threatening flashflooding from the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend region intoportions of Georgia, the Carolinas, and southeast Virginia. See the latest @NWSWPC forecast for more details. pic.twitter.com/Gj38izMHaI- National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) October 9, 2018
"We are very well prepared," said President Trump on Tuesday, who had previously called Michael a "big" hurricane and called on locals to prepare for the worst. The Federal Emergency Management Agency "Fema is ready, everyone is ready," he added. The hurricane could eventually hit "parts of Georgia and, unfortunately, again North Carolina and South Carolina," already hit by Hurricane Florence a month ago, he warned on Twitter. Florida was hit hard by Hurricane Irma a year ago.