Hurricane Michael is bearing down on the Florida Panhandle as a dangerous Category 4 storm, and Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean is warning that it could bring catastrophic damage like Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
On “Fox & Friends” Wednesday, Dean reported that Michael has maximum sustained winds of 145 mph and is expected to bring a 14- to 15-foot storm surge.
“That is going to put people underwater. People will die if they have not moved away from the coast,” Dean warned.
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She said the storm will make landfall around 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET on the vulnerable, low-lying Florida Panhandle.
“That is why we have catastrophic, life-threatening storm surge that is going to inundate this area,” Dean said, urging Fox News’ Griff Jenkins and other reporters to move to safer, higher ground.
I truly hope this is not the storm where we lose a reporter or their crew. It’s not worth it. We tell folks to evacuate for a reason.
– Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) October 10, 2018
She added that the hurricane could also bring dozens of weak but dangerous tornadoes over parts of the Panhandle, the northern Florida Peninsula and southern Georgia.
“This is an incredibly dangerous situation. And that’s why I’m concerned for not only reporters but people who have not heeded the warnings to evacuate,” Dean said. “I can’t stress it enough. This is in the pit of our stomachs. This is something like Katrina, when we saw Katrina upgrade to a 5 in the Gulf of Mexico.”
“This is very similar. This is not far off from a Category 5. We are going to see catastrophic storm surge across this area.”
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