VoIP Hurricane Net Secured Net Operations for Hurricane Michael at 11 PM EDT Wednesday Evening 10/10/18

Hello to all…

WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center, secured operations at approximately 10 PM EDT Wednesday Evening 10/10/18. The VoIP Hurricane Net secured operations with the 11 PM EDT Hurricane Michael Public Advisory Wednesday Evening. Through various relays, the net gathered a number of wind measurement reports in excess of 100 MPH across the Florida Panhandle with other wind gust reports further inland between 50 and 90 MPH. Damage within 45 miles of the center of Michael is catastrophic particularly to the northeast side of the center and the wind speeds observed were that of EF1 to EF2 tornado strength and there were likely higher wind gusts that were not recorded. Significant structural damage has occurred in portions of Panama City Beach extending into Callaway and Mexico Beach Florida. It is quite likely the extent of the structural damage closest to the center is not known yet due to the extreme nature of the winds.

To see a list of the reports gathered from the net, please look at our VoIP Hurricane Net Report Viewer at the following link:

We appreciate all the stations that monitored the VoIP Hurricane Net, all those that provided livestream and listen-only capabilities and those who checked in directly to give reports as well as those who relayed reports into our net for relay into WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center. Assistant WX4NHC Coordinator, WD4R-Julio Ripoll, reports that National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham WX4KEG expressed his thanks to all the Ham Operators for their dedication to public service and to the NHC. Thanks to all for their support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net