HOLT, Fla., Oct. 10, 2018—The Holt community can expect tropical storm conditions today as Hurricane Michael makes landfall near Panama City Beach according to the National Weather Service in Mobile.
Michael, called a potentially catastrophic storm by the National Hurricane Center, is a strong Category 4 storm with winds increasing to 145 mph. Some strengthening is still possible before landfall.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles.
As reference, Holt is approximately 70 miles from Panama City Beach as the crow flies.
According to the NWS Mobile, if the forecast track holds, the potential for hurricane conditions will be limited to areas east of Navarre with tropical storm conditions, in frequent gusts, likely west to Pensacola in the outer rain bands.
However, small wobbles in the storms current track near the coast can make a difference on exact landfall, the NWS stated.
Hurricane conditions will be highest near Destin, but could occur further west should Michael make a last-minute turn just before landfall, according to the NWS Mobile.
Tropical storm conditions along the coast are expected this morning as Michael gets closer, and later today for this area.
Landfall is expected later this morning or afternoon.