Hurricane Michael strengthens before landfall

Hurricane Michael is now a Category 3 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center. Maximum sustained winds have increased to 120 mph, with gusts to 150 mph. Landfall is still expected Wednesday afternoon in the Florida Panhandle.

Posted: Oct 10, 2018 3:26 PM
Updated: Oct 10, 2018 3:37 PM

Congrats to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. On Monday night, he broke Peyton Manning's record to become the NFL's all-time leader in passing. Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door.

1. Hurricane Michael

This morning Hurricane Michael is a Category 2 hurricane, but it will strengthen to become a dangerous Category 3 storm by the time it is expected to hit the Gulf Coast on Wednesday. Most projected storm tracks indicate Michael -- with winds of at least 111 mph -- will hit along the Florida Panhandle sometime Wednesday morning. More than 100 counties from Mobile, Alabama, through the Florida Panhandle are under a state of emergency, and 1,250 National Guardsmen have been activated for duty. After slamming the Gulf Coast, Michael is expected to slog through Georgia and into the Carolinas, parts of which are still reeling from Hurricane Florence.

2. Brett Kavanaugh

When the Supreme Court convenes this morning, Brett Kavanaugh will be on the bench. His long, ugly confirmation fight is over, but the partisan bickering over it continues. The Women's March is expected to arrive at the court this morning to protest Kavanaugh on his first day. And some felt President Donald Trump threw fuel on this partisan fire with his politically charged comments at Kavanaugh's ceremonial swearing-in Monday at the White House. Trump apologized to Kavanaugh for "the terrible pain and suffering" he had to endure during his confirmation hearings.

3. New York limo crash

Hundreds of people gathered Monday night for a vigil near the site of that ghastly limo crash that killed 20 people in upstate New York. Disturbing new details have come out about the wreck. The modified limo failed inspection and shouldn't even have been out on the roads, New York's governor said. The limo's driver, who also died in the accident, wasn't properly licensed. Investigators are still trying to find out why the limo -- packed with 17 people headed to a birthday party at a brewery -- ran through a stop sign and crashed into a parked SUV. It's the deadliest transportation accident in the US in almost a decade.

4. Missing Saudi journalist

Turkey's President wants Saudi Arabia to prove that missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi really left the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last week like the Saudi government maintains. Khashoggi, a frequent critic of Saudi Arabia's leadership, hasn't been seen since he entered the consulate a week ago to obtain paperwork for his upcoming marriage. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the Saudis should produce video or other evidence to back up their claims. Turkey has asked for permission to search the consulate. Unnamed Turkish officials told some media outlets that Kashoggi was killed in the consulate, but Saudi Arabia denies any involvement in his disappearance.

5. Climate change

We've only got a little over 10 years to stave off "unprecedented" changes in how we live on this planet before crossing the line -- perhaps permanently -- into disastrous levels of global warming. This dire warning comes from a new UN report. It says the planet will hit the crucial threshold of 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels by as early as 2030. That could usher in an era of extreme drought, wildfires, floods and food shortages for hundreds of millions of people. The report urges governments to act now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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TODAY'S NUMBERS

5,000-plus
The number of people who could still be missing in Indonesia after the September 28 earthquake and tsunami on the island of Sulawesi.

1,000
The number of wild horses in California that federal officials will start rounding up this week. Some will likely be adopted, but others might end up in the slaughterhouse.

AND FINALLY ...

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Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 313166

Reported Deaths: 7228
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto21496257
Hinds20294414
Harrison17814309
Rankin13573278
Jackson13411246
Madison10066217
Lee9962173
Jones8364163
Forrest7649152
Lauderdale7181240
Lowndes6370145
Lamar621686
Lafayette6171118
Washington5323133
Bolivar4797132
Oktibbeha461498
Panola4561105
Pearl River4499145
Marshall4397103
Warren4380121
Pontotoc419572
Monroe4100133
Union409076
Neshoba4026176
Lincoln3950110
Hancock377786
Leflore3487125
Sunflower335790
Tate332484
Pike3301105
Scott315373
Alcorn311968
Yazoo310769
Itawamba299477
Copiah296465
Simpson294788
Coahoma294379
Tippah287768
Prentiss279560
Adams269582
Marion268880
Leake266273
Wayne262341
Grenada260386
Covington256381
George246848
Newton246061
Winston226881
Tishomingo225967
Jasper220848
Attala214173
Chickasaw207157
Holmes188673
Clay184754
Stone182033
Tallahatchie178140
Clarke177879
Calhoun170132
Yalobusha163337
Smith162234
Walthall133845
Greene130333
Lawrence128323
Montgomery126742
Noxubee126734
Perry125938
Amite122842
Carroll121728
Webster114532
Jefferson Davis106932
Tunica104826
Claiborne102230
Benton99125
Humphreys96133
Kemper95428
Franklin83623
Quitman80216
Choctaw76118
Wilkinson66930
Jefferson65428
Sharkey50317
Issaquena1686
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 530988

Reported Deaths: 10978
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson765291522
Mobile40971804
Madison34751503
Tuscaloosa25775452
Montgomery24329589
Shelby23431249
Baldwin21131308
Lee15884171
Calhoun14501314
Morgan14293279
Etowah13831353
Marshall12222223
Houston10567281
Elmore10061205
Limestone9960151
Cullman9664193
St. Clair9655243
Lauderdale9424241
DeKalb8830186
Talladega8223176
Walker7235277
Autauga6920108
Jackson6810112
Blount6660137
Colbert6298134
Coffee5511119
Dale4831111
Russell441138
Chilton4290112
Franklin425782
Covington4121118
Tallapoosa4027152
Escambia393376
Chambers3563123
Dallas3551151
Clarke351061
Marion3118101
Pike310877
Lawrence300298
Winston274472
Bibb260764
Geneva249977
Marengo249764
Pickens234461
Barbour230857
Hale222977
Butler215969
Fayette212362
Henry188744
Cherokee184845
Randolph180241
Monroe177440
Washington167339
Macon159150
Clay156256
Crenshaw152257
Cleburne148941
Lamar142535
Lowndes138853
Wilcox127130
Bullock123041
Conecuh110529
Perry107726
Coosa107228
Sumter104532
Greene92334
Choctaw60624
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A frontal system to the south of our area will linger for a few more days. This lingering will linger some more chances for some showers and thunderstorms in our weather forecast over the next few days.
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