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Interactive map shows storm surge potential for Florida from Michael

Interactive map shows storm surge potential from Michael on Florida. (NHC)

People living along Florida's Gulf Coast are being advised to prepare now for a strike from Michael, which is churning as a Category 1 Hurricane near Cuba with winds at 80 miles per hour.

The latest track shows it making landfall possibly as a Category 3 hurricane sometime Wednesday.

The National Hurricane Center says there could be life-threatening storm surge along the Florida Panhandle, with intense flooding along the Big Bend, just south of Tallahassee.

The NHC revealed an interactive map people can use to look at the potential storm surge flooding. The red shows a storm surge greater than nine feet above ground.

A hurricane watch is posted for the northeast Gulf Coast from the Alabama/Florida border to Suwanee River.

Gov. Rick Scott asked President Trump to declare a pre-landfall emergency for 35 counties in Florida. They include: Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Gadsden, Liberty, Franklin, Leon, Wakulla, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Columbia, Hamilton, Suwanee, Lafayette, Dixie, Gilchrist, Levy, Citrus, Pasco, Hernando, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Alachua, Union, Bradford and Baker Counties.

Five hundred National Guard troops have been activated for duty. The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and other state and federal agencies such as FEMA are preparing for impacts from Hurricane Michael.

Statewide information on shelters, road closures and evacuation routes can be found on the website for Florida's Division of Emergency Management.

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