Hurricane Michael intensifying, forecast to become Category 4 by landfall

A man checks his sailboat ahead of Hurricane Michael's arrival in Panama City (Picture: EPA) A satellite photo of Michael taken Tuesday.

With Hurricane Michael expected to make landfall Wednesday along the Florida Panhandle, most likely as a major hurricane, many are wondering what it means for Prince Edward Island.

Hurricane Michael will hit Florida Oct. 10.

The storm will drift into the mid-Atlantic States and out to sea by Friday.

Roads could be blocked, trees uprooted and power cut for days in what could be the strongest storm seen in the region since Hurricane Dennis in 2005.

Rain chances stand at 60 percent in Orlando on Tuesday and Wednesday before jumping to 70 percent on Thursday.

Cooper made the announcement during a Wednesday press conference.

The storm has sustained winds of 240km/h and is due to make landfall and then quickly move up the US East Coast. "Make no mistake. Michael is a bad storm".

It is the most powerful recorded storm to hit the the north-west area of the Sunshine State, which is populated with fishing towns, military bases and beaches. "You just don't know when the next one is going down".

"Do not leave your house", Mr Scott said.

Risky storm surge is expected to stretch from Homosassa Springs to Panama City, with the hardest areas around Apalachicola Bay, where hurricane center director Ken Graham said surge could push up rivers as much as 10 to 15 miles.

"You will see damage to infrastructure".

Florida has had more hurricanes in October than in any other month.

While flying through, the planes release tubes called dropsondes that parachute through a storm's wind, collecting vital information about the cyclone's behavior. With the Tropical Storm Warning in effect across southeast Georgia the Sidney Lanier will have to be monitored. "Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other unsafe conditions", the hurricane center said.

State officials are taking steps to prepare as best as possible adding storm covers to government buildings and activating 2,500 national guardsmen to be on the alert.

"It's closer to Africa than the Lesser Antilles right now", Bridges said.

  • Carolyn Briggs