Airlines Begin Waiving Change Fees Ahead of Hurricane Michael

Airlines Begin Waiving Change Fees Ahead of Hurricane Michael

Airlines Begin Waiving Change Fees Ahead of Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael strengthened to a major, Category 3 hurricane Tuesday afternoon as it roared toward Florida's Gulf Coast, threatening to wreak historic devastation on a state walloped by Hurricane Irma's historic rage 13 months ago.

Thousands of Florida residents have been ordered to leave their homes as Hurricane Michael heads for the state's coast.

Earlier it said Michael could produce three life-threatening hazards along portions of the northeastern Gulf Coast: storm surge, heavy rainfall, and hurricane-force winds, with storm surge and hurricane watches in effect.

State offices, schools and universities were to close on Tuesday through to the end of the week in Panhandle counties.

As of 11 p.m. Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center measured maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour, upgrading Michael to a Category 3, nearly Category 4.

7A.M. The Tuesday morning update from the National Hurricane Center reports that Michael is now a catergory 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour.

The Department of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday said it has alerted Filipinos in 5 southeastern USA states to prepare for Hurricane Michael, forecast to crash ashore midweek as a major Category 3 storm.

Currently, the hurricane is a category one moving towards the north at 9 miles per hour.

Forecasters have warned that Michael's strength could be "catastrophic" for communities in its path - anywhere from Pensacola on the western flank of the Florida Panhandle to Tampa.

He also warned caregivers at north Florida hospitals and nursing homes to do all possible to assure the safety of the elderly and infirm. Michael poses an extremely unsafe threat to parts of the Florida gulf coast. "There's nothing between us and this storm but warm water and I think that's what terrifies us about the potential impacts". Once the storm and cold front pass, it now looks like we'll see some actual cooler air with highs next weekend expected to stay in the 60s. Hurricane Michael in the Caribbean could have also contributed.

While the NWS says Hurricane Michael will make landfall in Florida as a "major hurricane", it also predicts it will weaken as it moves through the Southeast on Wednesday night and Thursday. One man named Richard said he lives nowhere in the areas expected to feel the brunt of Michael.

"We expect Hurricane Michael to make landfall between Panama City, Florida, and Apalachicola, Florida, sometime later Wednesday or Wednesday night", according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.

Hurricane watches have been issued for the Alabama-Florida border, meaning hurricane conditions are expected within the next 48 hours as the storm continues to rapidly intensify.

Michael has left emergency responders in the Sunshine State scrambling to respond.

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