Hurricane Michael Comes Ashore, 'Worst Case Scenario' for Florida


The National Weather Service is calling Hurricane Michael the “worst case scenario for the Florida Panhandle.”

The Category 4 storm hit the Florida coast midday on Wednesday with maximum sustained winds of over 150 mph.

Less than a day earlier, the storm had been rated Category 2, but quickly ramped up as it neared the shoreline, according to the The Associated Press.

The storm made landfall near Mexico Beach, a tourist community about midway along the Panhandle, approximately 20 miles southeast of Panama City.

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The Weather Channel reported an observing site close to Tyndall Air Force Base near Panama City measured wind gusts up to 130 mph.

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As a news conference on Wednesday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott put the storm’s strength in perspective:

“This is the worst storm the Florida Panhandle has seen in more than 100 years,” he said. “Again, this is the worst storm that our Florida Panhandle has seen in a century.”

He further advised, “Now the storm is here, it is not safe to travel across the Panhandle. If you are in a coastal area, do not leave your house. The time to evacuate in coastal areas has come and gone.”

Following a briefing on Wednesday by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long, President Donald Trump noted how quickly the storm had gained strength.

“This started very innocently a week ago. This was a small storm … they said it grew into a monster,” Trump said, according to The Hill.

He said federal aid would be a balancing act of timing.

“We want to get down there as soon as possible,” he added.

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“At the same time, I don’t want to go down where we’re interfering with the people — the first responders, the FEMA people.”

The president told reporters that he will decide later in the day whether he will attend a rally planned for Wednesday night in Pennsylvania.

Trump anticipates that he will travel to the storm-affected areas on Sunday or Monday to survey the damage and recovery efforts, according to The Hill.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 3,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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