This is the 1 p.m. Hurricane Michael update from the Liberty County Emergency Management Agency.
Hurricane Michael is a category 4 storm with winds of 150 MPH. It is located 50 miles South West of Panama City and is moving North East at 15 MPH. At this time the National Weather Service is predicting rain fall between 2 – 4 “ for our area. At this time Liberty County is under a tropical storm warning which means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the next 24 hours with sustained winds from 25 – 35 MPH with gusts to 45 MPH. The earliest onset of these winds may start in the PM hours tonight and last through Thursday morning.
Marine interest should remain in port and should do their best to secure property.
Coastal tides are running high with a high tide scheduled around midnight tonight. Winds and rainfall during that time, may make it difficult for tidal waters to recede. Persons normally affected by tidal changes and those in low lying areas should monitor this situation.
As with any land falling hurricane an increased threat of tornadoes will be present through Thursday. Outer bands of Michael may produce tornado activity embedded in these bands as these storms pass over the area. Persons living in non-permeant foundation homes and anyone that does not feel comfortable where they are should consider moving to another more substantial location for the night.
Liberty County Emergency Management is at partial activation of its EOC at this time.