The Gulf and Hurricane Michael

The Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi – A bit chilly for mid November in southern Mississippi. Woke up to clear skies and a crispness in the air just right for an early morning stroll (6.30am) along the beach from the bayou near the Silver Slipper Casino towards Bay St Louis. Then off west to Florida for a bit more sun. That’s onto the i10 at Diamondhead, Mississippi heading east into Alabama then into Florida at Pensacola.

A few Images from this mornings walk.

Hurricane Michael was the third-most intense Atlantic hurricane to make landfall in the contiguous United States. It was the strongest storm on record in the Florida Panhandle, and was the fourth-strongest landfalling hurricane, in terms of wind speed.

Michael originated from a broad low pressure area that formed in the southwestern Caribbean Sea on October 2. The disturbance became a tropical depression on October 7, after nearly a week of slow development. By the next day, Michael had intensified into a hurricane near the western tip of Cuba, as it moved northward. The hurricane strengthened rapidly in the Gulf of Mexico, reaching major hurricane status on October 9, peaking as a high-end Category 4 hurricane. Approaching the Florida Panhandle, Michael attained peak winds of 155 mph (250 km/h) as it made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida, on October 10, becoming the first to do so in the region as a category 4 hurricane and making landfall as the strongest storm of the season.

A Few Images from the Car this afternoon – Click to Enlarge

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