Hurricane Michael now Cat 1..forecast Florida Landfall as Cat 3 on Wend

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Binman4OSU

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TS Michael underwent rapid intensification last night and has of 11 am this morning became a Cat 1 hurricane with sustained winds jumping from 35mph to 75mph. As of 1pm it is still at 75mph and the National Hurricane Center is now forecasting it to make landfall as a Cat 3 Major Hurricane between Pensacola and Tallahassee Wend.

Florida has declared a state of emergency and began evacuations in some areas. Petroleum companies have started shutting down production in areas of the Gulf in the path and started evacuating workers.


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I need it to veer toward Tampa. I have a vacay in Panama City Beach in just over a month, and I don't want the place trashed.
 

Binman4OSU

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No clue. Not mine. One street over from the beach.
After Andrew in 1992 devastated Florida and destroyed 125k+ homes, Florida lawmakers set out to make and enforce much improved building codes. The new building codes have only been strictly enforced since the early 2000's and in 2004 when Matthew hit those buildings built under the new code held up very well.

Per code now in Florida..
any structure built or renovated that is East of U.S 1 highway from 2001 forward must be able to withstand a 3 second gust up to 160mph and 124mph sustained winds

Any structure built or renovated that is West of U.S. 1 highway from 2001 forward must be able to withstand a 3 second gust up to 150mph and 116mph sustained winds
 

Binman4OSU

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Up to Cat 4 with 145mph sustained winds and 80 miles off coast, set for landfall this afternoon. At this size and winds it would be challenging for the largest recorded hurricane to hit the Florida panhandle and the most powerful in the area in at least 100 years
 
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