"But water levels in some parts of the Northeast Florida coast will still be high enough to overwhelm the dunes, which are relatively low and narrow".
On the Panhandle, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan warned people against staying in their homes, saying emergency services would not be able to help them. "We can rebuild your home, but we cannot rebuild your life", Scott added. "That's the criticality of following directions". In the days following Hurricane Irma a year ago, 14 people died after a South Florida nursing home lost power and air conditioning.
"If you're responsible for a patient, you're responsible for the patient".
"For everyone thinking they can ride this storm out, I have news for you: that will be one of the biggest mistakes you can make in your life". It's as simple as that.
Evacuations have been ordered in parts of 10 counties. He specifically pointed to forecasts of 8-12 feet of storm surge that could reach miles in from shore.
"This has been different from a lot of the storms we've seen since I've been governor", said Gov. Rick Scott. "If you live along some of these rivers, you have to think the waters are going to come up there".
The clockwise churn of an area of high pressure centered over DE is what's keeping Michael on a more northerly path toward the Panhandle and away from South Florida, said AccuWeather senior hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski.
"Because of the damage caused by Hurricane Florence, and the fact that there's still some standing water in places, we have to be that much more alert about the damage that Hurricane Matthew could do", Cooper said. Because he owns two businesses in the area, Givens, who lives inland, said he was not evacuating. "This storm has the potential to bring devastating impacts to communities across the Panhandle and Big Bend and every family must be prepared".
As we wrote earlier today, as much as $13.4 billion of property reconstruction values stand in hurricane Michael's path.
In neighbouring Alabama, Gov. Kay Ivey signed an emergency declaration for her entire state Monday in anticipation of widespread power outages, wind damage and heavy rain from the storm getting set to cross the eastern Gulf of Mexico in coming hours.
The heaviest rain will tend to fall in areas that were missed by Florence and focused from the Florida Panhandle to southwestern and central Georgia to part of central SC. Some southern Alabama counties were under a tropical storm watch Monday afternoon. The governor has also warned that there is a "significant" chance of tornadoes.
Additional warnings and watches are in effect to the west and south along the Gulf Coast and to the north and east in some inland counties, where evacuations began on Monday.
Michael was expected to strengthen to a major category three storm by Tuesday with winds of more than 160km/h, making it one of the most powerful storms to hit the Panhandle of Florida in decades, state officials said.
The cone of probability for Hurricane Michael as of 1 a.m. EDT on October 9, 2018. Forecasters predict the storm will bring torrential rains and winds of upwards of 120 miles per hour.
Hurricane Michael will make landfall along the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday, most likely as a major storm.
Hurricane warnings are in effect from the Alabama/Florida state line to the Suwanee River along Florida's Big Bend.
The governors of Florida, Alabama and Georgia declared states of emergency as Michael closed in, and hundreds of Florida National Guard members were activated. He also has declared a state of emergency for 35 counties and asked President Donald Trump for assistance ahead of the storm.
The storm became a category 1 hurricane on Monday, and could be a category 2 or 3 storm by the time it hits Florida.