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Hurricane Michael Barreling Toward Florida, PVC Pipe Plants

HOUSTON, October 9, 2018 (PCW) – Hurricane Michael strengthened on Tuesday to a Category 2 storm with 110 mph winds that Florida's governor warned could bring "total devastation" to parts of the state. It could strengthen to a Category 3 before making landfall.

The storm is currently located over the Gulf of Mexico, and is sweeping toward the Florida coast at around 12 mph (19 kph) and is expected to make landfall on Wednesday, bringing with it "life threatening" storm surges and heavy rainfall, the National Hurricane Center said.

A hurricane warning was up across the Florida panhandle, a low-lying area of beachfront resort and retirement communities on the northeastern Gulf coast.

Forecasters warned of coastal flooding with storm surge and tides projected to raise water levels by as much as eight to 12 feet in some areas.

Rainfall of four to eight inches, and as much as a foot in isolated areas, "could lead to life-threatening flash floods," according to the NHC, which also warned that the storm's approach could spawn tornados in northwestern Florida.

Michael was forecast to have the power to uproot trees, block roads and knock out power for days by the time it hits Florida Wednesday. It is expected to weaken as it moves up into the southeastern United States.

Numerous PVC pipe plants are located in the area projected to see strong winds and drenching rainfall due to the storm. These include: Prime Conduit’s High Springs, FL plant, Sanderson Pipe Company’s Sanderson, FL plant, Atkore International’s Thomasville, GA plant, JM Eagle’s Adel, GA plant, and Diamond Plastic’s Macon, GA plant. -- Donna Todd

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