Hurricane Michael

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Michael Update from NBAA Air Traffic Services

Updated Oct. 10, 2018, 2100z

National Hurricane Center Advisory

According to the National Hurricane Center’s Advisory #17, issued at 2100z:

At 400 PM CDT, the eye of Hurricane Michael was located near latitude 30.9 North, longitude 85.1 West. Michael is moving toward the north-northeast near 16 mph (26 km/h). A turn toward the northeast is expected this evening or tonight. A motion toward the northeast at a faster forward speed is forecast on Thursday through Friday night. On the forecast track, the core of Michael will move across southeastern Alabama and southwestern Georgia through this evening. Michael will then move northeastward across the southeastern United States through Thursday, and then move off the Mid-Atlantic coast away from the United States on late Thursday night and Friday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 125 mph (205 km/h) with higher gusts. Michael is a dangerous category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Michael should weaken as it crosses the southeastern United States through Thursday. Michael is forecast to strengthen Thursday night and Friday when it moves off the east coast of the United States and becomes a post-tropical cyclone on Friday.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles (65 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 160 miles (260 km). A wind gust to 69 mph (111 km/h) was recently reported at the airport in Tallahassee, Florida. A sustained wind of 59 mph (96 km/h) with a gust to 74 mph (118 km/h) was observed at a University of Florida/Weatherflow observing site just north of St. George Island, Florida. The estimated minimum central pressure is 932 mb (27.53 inches).

Airport & Airspace notes:

There are numerous airport closures throughout the Florida panhandle in the path of hurricane MICHAEL and some in Georgia now. The following are listed on the FAA OIS page: AAF, ABY, CEW, DHN,DTS, ECP, MCN, NPA, PAM, PNS, TLH, VLD, VPS and WRB. There are also likely to be numerous situations where the controllers evacuate the tower cab or other control facilities, creating an ATC-Zero situation. For airports, that means they become uncontrolled airfields. The responsibilities of evacuated facilities like TRACONs can be absorbed by surrounding facilities like the centers. However, we're not expecting much traffic flying near this monster storm.

Return to service will depend on how long it takes to get people to airport or equipment sites to assess any damage that may have occurred during the hurricane. This is where we remind you to check with your FBO of choice to make sure that they are also open and can provide the necessary services.

The Command Center may still implement Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) in order to protect the airspace for rescue and recovery operations. If they use TFRs, we will try to pass along any requirements and/or restrictions as quickly as possible.

The ACA NOTAMs, or Airspace Coordination Areas have been issued. While not restrictive in nature like a TFR, the ACAs will encourage pilots to "exercise extreme caution while operating in these areas due to ongoing current rescue operations."

NOTAMs are the best source of information regarding airport, equipment and facility status.

Right now there are no required routes as a result of the storm, however, there are some recommendations. Currently, they are highly recommending the use of the Atlantic Routes (ARs) between NC and FL, as well as the AZEZU deepwater route for anyone capable. These routes move traffic over the water, relieving some of the inland pressure and possibly preventing the need for the more impactful required reroutes. Now that MICHAEL has moved inland, many of the Gulf routes, including Q100 & Q102 are now available again.

Equipment Information

MEXICO

  • GULF OF MEXICO, MX (ATP) GBTS PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN
  • GULF OF MEXICO, MX (GRY) AWOS FAILED
  • GULF OF MEXICO, MX (IKT) AWOS FAILED
  • GULF OF MEXICO, MX (ATP) AWOS FAILED
  • GULF OF MEXICO, MX (DSF) AWOS FAILED
  • TEXAS

    • BRAZOS OIL PLATFORM, TX (BBF) AWOS FAILED
    • ODESSA, TX (ODO) ASOS SERVICE A FAILED.
    • URSA, TX (47D) GBTS FAILED

    ALABAMA

    • DOTHAN, AL (DHN) ATCT ATC ZERO
    • FORT RUCKER, AL (OZR) ATCT ATC ZERO

    GEORGIA

    • ALBANY, GA (ABY) ATCT ATC ZERO
    • MACON, GA (MCN) ASR PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN
    • MACON, GA (MCNT) TISB FAILED
    • MOODY AFB, (GA) RAPCON ATC ZERO

    LOUISIANA

    • ATLANTIS, LA (QA8) RCAG 135.775 MHZ PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN
    • RAM POWELL, LA (18D) GBTS PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN

    FLORIDA

    • CRESTVIEW, FL (CEW) GS ON BATTERIES
    • CRESTVIEW, FL (CEW) VOR FAILED
    • CROSS CITY, FL (CTYU) BDAT PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN
    • DESTIN, FL (DTS) ATCT ATC ZERO
    • EBRO, FL (27D) GBTS FAILED
    • ELGIN, FL (VPS) RAPCON ATC ZERO
    • JACKSONVILLE, FL (SBS-396965 ST. JOE) GBTS FAILED
    • MARIANNA, FL (MAI) ASOS DIAL-UP FAILED
    • MARIANNA, FL (MAI) VOR UNMONITORED
    • PANAMA CITY, FL (ECP) RVR UNMONITORED
    • PANAMA CITY, FL (ECP) ATCT ATC ZERO
    • PANAMA CITY, FL (ECP) RWY 16 (PUK) LOC/GS OUT OF SERVICE
    • PENSACOLA, FL (NPA) ATCT ATC ZERO
    • PENSACOLA, FL (PNS) RWY 17 (PNS) LOC/GS PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN
    • PENSACOLA, FL (PNS) RWY 26 (PHC) LOC PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN
    • PENSACOLA, FL (PNS) ASOS SERVICE A FAILED
    • PENSACOLA, FL (P31) SAMS CIRCUITS FAILED
    • PENSACOLA, FL (PNS) RWY 17 (PNS) LOC/GS PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN
    • PENSACOLA, FL (P31) ATCT/TRACON ATC ZERO
    • PENSACOLA, FL (PNS) FDAT FAILED
    • PENSACOLA, FL (PNS) RVR FAILED
    • PENSACOLA, FL (PNSA) FDAT FAILED
    • PERRY, FL (40J) GBTS FAILED
    • PORT JOE, FL (A51) GBTS FAILED
    • TALLAHASSEE, FL (SZW) VOR UNMONITORED
    • TALLAHASSEE, FL (TLH) ATCT ATC ZERO
    • TALLAHASSEE, FL (TLH) ASR/MODES PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN
    • TALLAHASSEE, FL (TLH) RWY 27 (PLQ) ALS PRO ECTIVE SHUTDOWN
    • TYNDALL, FL (PAM) RAPCON ATC ZERO
    • TYNDALL, FL (PAM) ARSR/ATCRB FAILED
    • TYNDALL, FL (PAM) IDAT/FDAT PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN
    • TYNDALL, FL (PAM) BUEC 135.92 FAILED
    • TYNDALL, FL (PAM) ECOM PRIMARY AND BACK UP LINES FAILED
    • TYNDALL, FL (PAM) LOST CONNECTIVITY TO TFMS
    • WHITING FIELD, FL (NDZ) ATCT ATC ZERO

    If there are any questions, please contact the FAA's National Operations Control Center (NOCC) at 540-359-3110.

    NBAA-BACE Travel Advisory

    MICHAEL's trajectory through the panhandle of Florida and into southwest Georgia has spared the Orlando area from any significant impact due to this major hurricane.

    However, those traveling to NBAA-BACE between today and Friday (10/11) should check with their airlines concerning any potential delays or cancellations, especially those travelling from or through ATL, CLT or RDU in the southeast.

    While neither ATL or CLT is expected to be directly impacted by the storm, the airspace around these airports will be impacted by the storm as mentioned above. We could see ground delay programs (GDPs) or ground stops at any of these three airports through Thursday night. The storm is going to get closer to RDU, so airlines are likely to be proactive about cancelling flights, but the passage will be late enough that most flights might be OK.

    Resources

    NBAA Airspace/Airport Alerts are informational in nature. Official current NOTAMs are available from Flight Service Stations at 1-800-WX-BRIEF. Notices, restrictions, and advisories may change at any time and without notice. Do not attempt any operation in the National Airspace System without first obtaining and understanding a thorough pre-flight briefing. In addition to talking to a FSS Specialist, operators can use the FAA NAIMES website to check for the latest TFRs.