In keeping with our TSRC policy of at least mentioning all storms that are named by the National Hurricane Center, Named Storm Oscar formed in the central Atlantic from a low pressure area. This storm may make hurricane status but will be moving generally north and northeast away from US Coastal areas and will not be a threat to the US east coast. This will be our only mention of Named Storm Oscar.
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Tropical Storm Research Center, Gulf Shores, Alabama
Hurricane Michael will go into down in weather history as one of the most powerful and devastating Hurricanes on record for a United States Landfall.
The lowest barometric pressure was recorded at 919 mb (27.14 in) just before landfall near Panama City Beach and Mexico Beach, Florida, on Wednesday, October 10, mid day… the third lowest pressure on record for an Atlantic basin Hurricane. Winds were measured at 155+ MPH with gusting to 176 MPH before the measuring equipment was destroyed. The storm surge in many locations to the east of the eye was between 10 and 14 feet with 25 to 35 foot waves on top of that.
First responders have been making progress in their search and rescue efforts but we fear that the death toll will increase as inaccessible areas are finally reached.
Our volunteer staff at TSRC is keeping all victims of this catastrophic hurricane in our thoughts and prayers.
Hurricane Michael has become a major hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 120mph. At the time of this writing, we are an hour away from the next official NHC advisory, however, there are many indications from the current hurricane hunter mission to suggest that Michael could be a Catagory Four hurricane now, or overnight.
In Gulf Shores and nearby areas, the surf is up and the winds are gradually increasing. Michael is expected to move to the northeast of its current location, however, a more westward landfall from the current track is not out of the question. Having said that, at this time our staff does not anticipate hurricane conditions in the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach area, but full anticipate sustained tropical storm conditions. (Winds 35-50mph).
This photo depicts the surf on west beach in Gulf Shores on October 9th, in Gulf Shores.