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Here’s what Anna Maria Island looked like Wednesday as Hurricane Michael moved through Gulf

Hurricane Michael: A look at beach, road conditions on Anna Maria Island

A one minute look at beach and road conditions on Anna Maria Island Wednesday as Hurricane Michael moves through the Gulf toward Florida.
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A one minute look at beach and road conditions on Anna Maria Island Wednesday as Hurricane Michael moves through the Gulf toward Florida.

As Hurricane Michael was closing in on landfall in the Florida Panhandle, Anna Maria Island was seeing signs the hurricane was moving through the Gulf of Mexico.

Manatee County is under a storm surge and tropical storm watch, and Anna Maria Elementary school was closed Wednesday.

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From Coquina Beach to Anna Maria beaches, large waves crashed and drew close to the dunes lining the edge of the beaches and gusting winds whipped hats from heads.

A few people stopped by the beaches early Wednesday to take pictures of the unusually large waves.

Overnight and early-morning rain left puddles and a few troublesome areas on the island, but most roads were passable.

Hurricane Michael is a Category 4 storm and is expected to make landfall Wednesday afternoon. Tropical storm winds reach 185 miles from Michael’s center.

The water was choppy in Cortez and large waves broke on Anna Maria Island on the evening of Tuesday, October 9. Hurricane Michael is expected to make landfall in Northwest Florida on Wednesday.

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