Cedar Key Prepares for Hurricane Michael

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CEDAR KEY, Fla. (WCJB)- Hurricane Michael is forecasted to make landfall on the Florida panhandle. This will spare most of North Central Florida from major impacts, with the exception of the west coast - which could see some big problems created by coastal flooding.

Hurricane Hermine's storm surge reached 5-7 feet in Cedar Key which flooded out businesses and homes and caused extensive damage across low lying parts of the island. Michael is a stronger storm with a path just a bit farther off-shore. The forecast is for at least as much storm surge as Hermine, or even more.

Businesses are bordering up their windows and doors and moving things to higher levels. While many are preparing their property on the usually quiet island, many are planning on riding out the storm, despite mandatory evacuations on the island.

Water will be turned off on Cedar Key at 1 am on Wednesday. Roads may be impassable for a period of time after the storm.