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In its 8 a.m. ET report Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center reported the Category 2 storm with winds of 100 mph was 395 miles south of Panama City, FL. That's just below the threshold for a "major" hurricane. As Michael nears landfall, we're sharing all you need to know about the impending storm. Evacuations already had been ordered in parts of 10 counties, according to USA Today. The latest European model shows the storm intensifying - possibly to a Category 3 - before it crests Florida's coast near Tallahassee.
The U.S. Geological Service says Hurricane Michael will likely cause beach erosion along three-quarters of the Florida's Panhandle, wiping away sand right up to the dunes. Parts of Florida's curvy Big Bend could see up to 12 feet of storm surge, while Michael also could dump up to a foot of rain over some Panhandle communities as it moves inland, forecasters said.
In the open Gulf of Mexico, wave heights are expected to hit as high as 40 feet, said Kara Doran, the research oceanographer for the USGS.
The area from Cape San Blas to St. George is of particular concern, Doran added.
"We're a little nervous", she told ABC News. With just a month to go before Election Day, voters were also given one more day to register to vote, once offices reopen after the storm.
The storm is expected to undergo rapid intensification again Tuesday.
That includes 64-year-old Shannon Sullivan, who returned for ice and beer after gassing up and buying water the day before.
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It should be stressed that these figures aren't estimates of losses for hurricane Michael, rather simulated estimates for older storms in the same area that factor in today's exposure levels.
The expected path for Hurricane Michael as of October 9, 2018.
Hurricane Michael is forecast by AccuWeather meteorologists to make landfall over the Florida Panhandle during the middle of this week.
Then, it will "move northeastward across the southeastern United States Wednesday night and Thursday, and move off the Mid-Atlantic coast away from the United States on Friday", the NHC said. He said many houses that suffered roof damage in Florence are still covered in tarps and could be vulnerable to strong wind and rain. The D.C. area should get a total of maybe an inch, with perhaps two inches falling in Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore. Since the ground remains saturated in places, that could mean flash flooding, and trees in wet ground can topple more easily in high winds.
Michael is a Category 2 storm, with sustained wind speeds of nearly 100 miles per hour (155 km/h), according to NOAA.
In a Facebook post Monday, the Wakulla County Sheriff's Office said no shelters would be open because Wakulla County shelters were rated safe only for hurricanes with top sustained winds below 111 miles per hour (178 kph).
RMS looked at where hurricane Michael is due to make landfall and found that the most similar storms were Category 2 Kate in 1985, which is estimated to have caused around a $1 billion insurance and reinsurance market loss, or Category 3 Eloise in 1975 which is estimated to have resulted in a $3.6 billion insurance and reinsurance industry loss.
A particularly risky aspect of Opal was its storm surge, with the sea rising 8-14 feet east of the storm center as it came ashore. Hurricane-force winds extended outward up to 35 miles from the core and tropical-storm-force winds out 175 miles.