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October 10, 2018

Category-4 Hurricane Michael hits Florida
and will affect cities far inland
over the next few days


Within the last three days, tropical storm Michael intensified to a Category 4 Hurricane, surprising a lot of Floridians and tourists who waited before evacuating. The hurricane reached the western Florida coast this afternoon with winds of 155 mph which makes it the most powerful storm to hit the U.S. mainland in almost 50 years. 

The strong winds currently extend up to 45 miles from the storm’s eye. Rainfall could reach up to a foot, and life-threatening storm surges could swell to 14 feet. Michael is so powerful that it is expected to remain a dangerous hurricane as it quickly moves inland toward Georgia early Thursday. Meteorologists also expect the hurricane to unleash strong winds and damaging rain on the Carolinas, which are still recovering from Hurricane Florence’s flooding. 


Travelers currently in northwest Florida, do not attempt to go outside for any reasons. Stay put and inside your hotel until the storm passes. Try to remain in rooms with no windows or stay away from windows. Your hotel may have arranged bigger rooms or conference rooms as shelters. Make sure you are in a higher floor in case of sudden flooding. Ask the management staff for help and guidance regarding safety measures and escape routes. 
If you still have power, keep charging your devices as the power is likely to go out for a while. Also, turn on the TV or radio to receive updates from local authorities. 

If you were planning on traveling to southern states, your flights are likely to be cancelled or delayed. Call your airline or travel agent for your flight status and to reschedule your reservations. 

If you are in nearby states that are on Hurricane Michael’s path, there’s still time to evacuate. Call your airline to reschedule your flight to tonight or the earliest possible tomorrow morning if you are in northern states. If changing your travel plans is not an option, ask your hotel staff for the list of nearby shelters. You can also go to a pharmacy to prepare a last-minute first aid and emergency kit. To find a pharmacy near you, use the Pharmacy Locator feature on your Assist America Mobile App. 

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