Hurricane Michael threatens devastation in southern US

Hurricane Michael takes aim at 300-mile Gulf Coast target

Hurricane Michael takes aim at 300-mile Gulf Coast target

Oil traders are advised to keep an eye on the storm updates as the undergoing the hurricane season and last year, with hurricane Harvey taking down most of the refining capacity in the Gulf of Mexico last year or one-fifth of national refining capacity, we have seen the impact on Gasoline price, which sharply shot up.

Hurricane Michael is poised to slam Florida's Panhandle by Wednesday afternoon, threatening risky storm surges to low-lying areas ill-equipped to handle them - and officials are urging people to get out of the way now.

Red tide in the Gulf of Mexico off southwest Florida began last October after Hurricane Irma ravaged the state.

The storm - now located over the Gulf of Mexico - is sweeping toward the Florida coast at around 12 miles per hour and is expected to make landfall on Wednesday, bringing with it "life threatening" storm surges and heavy rainfall, the National Hurricane Center said.

The Carolinas were devastated by Hurricane Florence last month, but Michael won't hit the two states almost as hard as that storm. The company is in communication with sister utilities in Georgia, Florida and MS and with other investor-owned utilities in the region through its long-standing mutual-assistance agreements. Winds from the storm are likely to bring down trees and tree limbs onto power lines. If customers see a hazardous condition, they can report the situation at or through the company's automated outage reporting system at 1-800-888-APCO (2726). As it kept gaining strength, hurricane forecasters said, it "defies traditional logic".

Gulf Power said its crews are prepared to restore power as quickly and safely as possible following the storm.

FEMA's Long said the storm posed a direct threat to people living on the coastlines who ignored warnings and evacuation orders, given the forecast severe winds and storm surge.

The storm battered the Florida Panhandle and other areas of the state on Wednesday, causing widespread damage.

In Cuba, the storm dumped more than 10in of rain in places, flooding fields, damaging roads, knocking out power and destroying some homes in the western province of Pinar del Rio.

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"Michael is definitely shaping up to be a classic hurricane", Watson said. "It was the most handsome, secret location you could have for a vacation". "I have seen cotton that was being harvested yesterday. Take care of them", he said. Georgia had collected only 6 percent of its crop as of September 30 and Alabama had reaped 5 percent, U.S. Department of Agriculture data show.

"It is a monstrous storm and the forecast (keeps) getting more risky", Florida Governor Rick Scott said.

Georgia officials also reported severe damage to pecan, cotton, vegetable and peanut crops.

They are also urged to stock their "emergency preparedness kits" with food and water sufficient for at least three days, along with medications, first aid supplies and cash.

It has killed massive amounts of marine life and caused respiratory irritations in people. One firefighter died while on an emergency call, while the others had reportedly drowned.

Most citrus plantations in Florida are in the lower two-thirds of the state, away from the storm's path.

- The human cost: A falling tree killed a man in Iredell County, North Carolina; an 11-year-old girl in Seminole County, Georgia, was killed when a carport blew through the roof of her home; four people were killed in Gadsden County, Florida, near Tallahassee; and Virginia had five storm related deaths, including two people who were swept away from their vehicles by floodwaters.

Hurricane warnings are in effect from Suwannee River, Florida, to the Florida-Alabama border, and a hurricane watch is in effect for the entire coast of Alabama.

The Houston-based volunteer search-and-rescue network CrowdSource Rescue said its teams were trying to find about 2,100 people either reported missing or stranded and in need of help in Florida, co-founder Matthew Marchetti said. On Monday, the price rose 1.9 percent, the most in four weeks.

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