Choppies Enterprises Limited ( HY2013 Interim Report

first_imgChoppies Enterprises Limited ( listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Retail sector has released it’s 2013 interim results for the half year.For more information about Choppies Enterprises Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Choppies Enterprises Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Choppies Enterprises Limited (  2013 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileChoppies Enterprises Limited is an investment holding company which operates in the grocery supermarket sector. The Choppie brand is associated with superstores, hyperstores and value stores; each offering the full instore range of a bakery, butchery, fresh fruit and vegetables and fast food. The company sells private label products, as well as a range of financial services. Choppies Enterprises Limited also manages a distribution and supply operation, a logistics operation and a maintenance service. Choppies retail outlets target lower to middle-income shoppers; with a total of 212 stores located in the major towns and cities in Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique. Choppies Enterprises Limited was founded in 1986 and its head office is in Gaborone, Botswanalast_img read more

C & I Leasing Plc ( 2016 Abridged Report

first_imgC & I Leasing Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Investment sector has released it’s 2016 abridged results.For more information about C & I Leasing Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the C & I Leasing Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: C & I Leasing Plc (  2016 abridged results.Company ProfileC & I Leasing Plc is a fleet management, outsourcing and marine services company in Nigeria with two subsidiaries in Ghana (Leaseafric) and the United Arab Emirates (EPIC International FZE). The company primary activity is offering extensions of structured operating and finance leases.  Subsidiaries of C&I Leasing Plc include C&I Petrotech Marine Limited, a leading player in the offshore marine vessel sector with a fleet of over 20 vessels which includes terminal tugs, patrol vessels, fast support intervention vessels and a platform support vessel; C&I Outsourcing, offering Human Resource solutions for companies in Nigeria which includes human resource outsourcing, recruitment, HR consultancy and personnel evaluation; and SDS Training Services, offering custom-designed modules for training and education programmes, personnel training, driver recruitment and training and a consultancy service for strategic partners. C&I Leasing offers a fleet management service to improve fleet efficiency and productivity. C&I Leasing Plc has the sole franchisee for Hertz-Rent-A-Car in Nigeria and has run the Hertz operation for over 20 years. The Hertz subsidiary division manages over a 1 000 vehicles and a team of professional chauffeurs and offers an airport transfer service and daily rental service. C&I Leasing’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria and has offices in Ghana and the United Arab Emirates. C & I Leasing Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Peter O’Mahony returns from ban but vows not to change his approach

first_imgWednesday Mar 17, 2021 Peter O’Mahony returns from ban but vows not to change his approach Ireland flanker Peter O’Mahony has no intention of changing his physical approach on his return from a three-game ban, saying it would be “unjust to the jersey”.ADVERTISEMENTO’Mahony is back in contention for Saturday’s Guinness Six Nations finale against England after missing most of the tournament through suspension following his costly early dismissal in the opening-weekend defeat to Wales.The 31-year-old acknowledges his reckless shoulder-led hit to the head of Welsh prop Tomas Francis was “100 per cent wrong”, putting it down to an out-of-character mistake.Yet he stopped short of saying he feels under pressure to make amends for the infringement and feels he retains the full support of team-mates ahead of the meeting with Eddie Jones’ men.“Look, when it comes to the breakdown and when it comes to international rugby, you’ve got to be incredibly urgent, you’ve got to be incredibly accurate and you’ve got to bring physicality, and these incidents happen,” said O’Mahony.“It’s a very physical game. I’ve always played hard. I’ve always played fairly, in my opinion. I 100 per cent was wrong in what happened in the incident but the guys know better than anyone, my team-mates know that I was acting on the best intent for the team that day and, unfortunately, that’s what happened.“I don’t think they will be looking for me to put in any different performance than I give any other week when I play for Ireland, that would be unjust to the jersey. I go out every time to play as best I can and I think the lads around me know that.”WATCH: O’Mahony red in Cardiff sparks anger among Six Nations fansO’Mahony has had plenty of time to stew on his indiscretion, which left Ireland a man light for 66 minutes of the 21-16 loss at the Millennium Stadium on February 7.ADVERTISEMENTHe has subsequently spent six weeks on the sidelines and watched on helplessly as his country’s title hopes were swiftly extinguished by a round-two defeat to France.Ireland go into the England game seeking to cement second spot in the standings after bouncing back from their worst start to a Six Nations campaign with away wins over Italy and Scotland.Munster back-row O’Mahony is eager to be restored to Andy Farrell’s starting XV following the frustration of his enforced absence.“It’s been hard. It’s different when you’re injured, you’re on a different buzz,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT“But when you’re fit and healthy and ready to go and raring to go and you can’t, it makes it a little bit tougher. I spent a couple of great weeks with Munster and (I was) back in here last week to prepare the lads as best as possible, which I certainly enjoyed. But I’m not going to make any bones about it, I am looking forward to getting back playing.”Ireland’s build-up has been dominated by the shock news of CJ Stander’s impending retirement.With crowds still absent due to coronavirus restrictions, O’Mahony expressed regret that his provincial team-mate will not receive a send-off from supporters before returning to his native South Africa in the summer.“It’s really unfortunate. I know his team-mates would like to play well for him and give him a good send-off and that will be the most important to him,” said O’Mahony.“But I am sure there are lots of people around the country who would love to show their respect for what he’s done for Irish rugby and Munster rugby. That’s unfortunate but we will certainly do our very best to send him off on hopefully winning ways.” Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error News Related Articles 12 WEEKS AGO Leo says Stander moving back home straight… 12 WEEKS AGO CJ Stander announces retirement with emotive… 13 WEEKS AGO Ireland snatch win but Johnny Sexton admits… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Container House / José Schreiber Arquitecto

first_imgPhotographs:  Ramiro SosaProject And Construction Management:José Miguel SchreiberCollaborator:Maria Laura GonzalezEngineering:Guillermo VelazquezBudget:1.180.000 $ARSCity:San FranciscoCountry:ArgentinaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Ramiro SosaText description provided by the architects. Everyday life moves us at a vertiginous rhythm. Starting with the choice of neighborhood, located on the outskirts of San Francisco, continuing with the acquisition of the lot and finaly defined in the project, the container house aims to be a place of rest away from the center, characterized by the environmental quality of their context. The versatility of its spaces accompanying changes in contemporary lifestyles and family composition.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanThis work is the result of a search for technical, aesthetic and functional innovation. Its morphology is composed of two metal boxes placed in “L”, ordering the ground floor containing all services (Main entrance, kitchen and pantry in a container. Laundry, bath, fireplace, workshop and warehouse in another).Save this picture!© Ramiro SosaPublic life takes place in the gap between two boxes: barbecue, garage and living room. Above, o the second floor, the unifying element of the set is located:A large volume of traditional solid construction that weighs on the containers, sheltering inside the private area of bedroom and bathroom.Save this picture!Upper Floor PlanThe project is characterized by looking at three basic premises: technological innovation, speed and simplification of construction materials.Save this picture!© Ramiro SosaThe sea containers were in response to the original design of the house, which sought to use elements originally designed for another function, recycling them to face a new challenge. Its interiors are fitted with polyurethane foam, the ceilings are painted with latex, vertical walls are lined with plasterboard, hiding instalations. The floors are of smooth cement, accompanying the spatial continuity of the house.Save this picture!© Ramiro SosaOutside, the house is closed by a blind facade to preserve and protect the privacy of the most pernicious orientations (South and West). The openings located towards the street were performed using steel sheet extracted from the containers, the gateway is the best example. Inside, its rooms are really open to the courtyard, enjoying the best conditions for these latitudes (North and East), maximizing natural lighting and ventilation throughout the day. The windows are of high performance aluminum, double glazed sealed for proper habitability.Save this picture!© Ramiro SosaProject gallerySee allShow lessPoll: Who Will Design Obama’s Presidential Library and Museum?Architecture NewsHeatherwick and PlanGrid Featured on Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Busi…Architecture News Share Argentina Year:  2014 CopyHouses•San Francisco, Argentina Container House / José Schreiber ArquitectoSave this projectSaveContainer House / José Schreiber Arquitecto 2014 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Area:  195 m² Area:  195 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ArchDaily Architects: José Schreiber Arquitecto Area Area of this architecture project Projects Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” Container House / José Schreiber Arquitecto Photographs “COPY” Houses Save this picture!© Ramiro Sosa+ 27 Share CopyAbout this officeJosé Schreiber ArquitectoOfficeFollowProductsSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSan FranciscoHousesArgentinaPublished on May 11, 2015Cite: “Container House / José Schreiber Arquitecto” 11 May 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogVentilated / Double Skin FacadeTechnowoodClick Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownAcousticKvadrat AcousticsAcoustic Panel System in AMOREPACIFIC HeadquartersStonesCosentinoSilestone® Surfaces – Loft SeriesWoodLunawoodThermo Timber and Industrial ThermowoodLightsLouis PoulsenOutdoor Lighting – Flindt PlazaTiles / Mosaic / GresiteLove TilesPorcelain Tiles – NestAluminium CompositesMetawellAluminum Panels for Interior DesignMetallicsRHEINZINKZinc Roof Systems – Double Lock Standing SeamStoolsWilkhahnOffice Stool – Aline-SBulbs / Spots / Wall LightsUniosHorticultural Luminaire – Kobe FloMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Howard, Skoug star for Frogs in 8-2 drilling of Texas

first_imgTwitter Equestrian earns last seed in NCEA team bracket Branson is a junior journalism major from Fort Worth, Texas. He enjoys writing about all sports and plans to go to law school after graduation. ReddIt printBrian Howard and Evan Skoug led the charge in an 8-2 blowout win over Texas on Saturday, as the Frogs clinched their final home series of the season.Howard (7-3) was on his game throughout, as he gave up just one hit through eight innings. Howard used 114 pitches to shutdown the Longhorns, working around four walks to hold Texas (31-18, 9-10) scoreless. Howard was coming off an outing that saw him struggle in a big way against Texas Tech in a 21-3 loss, giving up seven runs in just 2.1 innings.“I was focused on pitch economy, just getting ahead of guys, staying ahead, and hopefully going deep into a ballgame,” Howard said. “I haven’t been doing a very good job of that. I just wanted to get ahead, stay ahead, and give this team some length here on Saturday and get us ready for Sunday.”For the second straight day, the Horned Frogs (34-11, 14-6) jumped all over one of the best starters in the Big 12 Conference. After scoring seven runs in three innings off of Texas ace Morgan Cooper on Friday, TCU scored seven more in just 2.1 innings against Nolan Kingham on Saturday.Kingham, who entered the game with a 2.05 ERA on the season, started strong by setting down the top of the Horned Frog lineup in order.Skoug led off the second inning for TCU by launching his third home run of the series to left field to put the Frogs ahead for good, 1-0. Skoug extended his home run total to eight in the past month, continuing to be a catalyst for the Frogs at the plate.“What a great competitor; he’s a gamer,” TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “I sure would love to have him back next year, but more than likely we re looking at the tail-end of an awesome TCU career. We’re really going to miss him.”Only a junior, Skoug will be eligible for June’s MLB draft and will likely be a high-round draft pick. He then will have to choose between beginning his professional career or returning to Fort Worth for his senior year.TCU broke the game wide open in the third, as it struck for seven runs on six hits, three walks and two errors. Ryan Merrill led off the inning with a single, followed by a walk for Josh Watson. Austen Wade then singled hard into left center for an RBI, extending his on-base streak to 33 games.With the runners on second and third after a throwing error on the single, Connor Wanhanen dropped a single in front of the center fielder for a two run base hit. After a double for Luken Baker, Evan Skoug drove in his fifth run of the series on a ground out to second to make it 5-0. Cam Warner backed-up the RBI from Skoug with one of his own as he singled to right to chase Kingham from the game.Kingham only lasted seven outs, allowing seven earned runs on six hits and a walk.TCU pushed two more runs across after Kingham left the game, as a walk and a two-run double for Merrill, his second hit of the inning, pushed the Frogs ahead 8-0.The Frogs threatened in fifth and sixth innings, but double plays in both innings cost the Frogs as they tried to extend their lead beyond eight.Dalton Brown started the ninth for the Frogs and allowed two runs on two hits and two errors. Cal Coughlin came in with the bases loaded and two outs and got a ground ball to second base to end the ballgame.The TCU offense has exploded through the first two game of the series, posting 19 runs on 26 hits, including six home runs and five doubles.“I’m hoping that is a sign of good things to come the last couple weeks of the regular season,” Schlossnagle said of the emerging offense. “We felt like that was going to be the strength of our team going into the season, and now they are starting to square some balls up and those balls are falling in.”The Frogs will look to stay hot and sweep Texas at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Lupton Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPNU. Branson Nelson Branson Nelson TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Branson Nelson A COVID-19 Charles Schwab Challenge Branson Nelson Iqbal leads women’s golf to fourth-place finish at Big 12 Tournament Linkedincenter_img Facebook Branson Nelson + posts World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Facebook Women’s golf heads to Oklahoma for chance at first Big 12 title ReddIt Previous articleTCU looking to solidify starting rotationNext articleSkoug homers twice as Frogs squeak by ‘Horns 11-10 in extras Branson Nelson RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Linkedin Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

Body recovered from Shannon during search for missing Limerick man

first_imgPrint A BODY has been recovered from the River Shannon during the course of a search for a missing Limerick man. The body was recovered at an area known as Corbetts Point near Bunratty, after a search involving the Bunratty and Killaloe Search and Rescue services.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The body has been removed to University Hospital Limerick where a formal identification will be made. Twitter Previous articleLimerick’s newest citizens hit the right noteNext articleLimerick councillor calls for answers surrounding the ‘shambolic’ setting up of Irish Water Staff Reporter Linkedin NewsBreaking newsBody recovered from Shannon during search for missing Limerick manBy Staff Reporter – December 27, 2014 648 center_img Advertisement Email WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

Soccer – March to promotion continues

first_img Previous articleTennis – Maxol Tennis Camps at Castletroy CollegeNext articleCamogie – Chance of knock outs remains for Limerick Staff Reporter A HOME game against Cobh Ramblers is the next step for Limerick FC on their virtually unsinkable cruise to the First Division title, with Martin Russell’s team welcoming the promotion play-off chasers to the Markets Field this Saturday evening (kick-off 6:30pm).The Super Blues have a 19-point lead at the summit, with Saturday’s opponents in a three-way tussle for for the promotion play-offs with UCD and Drogheda United.Last Friday, the Super Blues defeated Waterford United 5-1 at the RSC, although three of the visitors’ goals came in the final 10 minutes.Chris Mulhall put Limerick in front early on before Robert Bayly levelled for Waterford near half-time. Two goals from the returning Aaron Greene ended the game as a contest, with Stephen Kenny and Garbhan Coughlan adding gloss to the final score in the closing minutes.Russell was happy with how his team responded to the concession of an equaliser just before the interval, saying: “It worked out well in the end. We went in level at half-time and we asked the lads for a bit more in the second half. The response was great and I’m pleased that I’ve seen that in them. There were more positives than negatives again and three points is a boost as well.”Greene also heralded his team-mates’ second half performance, drawing comparisons with the previous week’s come-from-behind win against UCD, while he believes that the First Division leaders can go the entire league season without defeat.He said: “It was similar to [the UCD game]. Then we were 2-1 down at half-time, here we were 1-1. The gaffer asked us to go out and give a good response and I think we showed that. It was great character from the team to do that two weeks in a row.“We want to do this unbeaten. We had a few people saying we looked sluggish [against UCD] but they didn’t realise we had 10 men for most of the game. The boys’ fitness is very good. We’re 19 points clear and we just look forward to Cobh this week and try to get three points.” GIF Analysis: Treaty show plenty of promise in game of two halves Print Former Limerick FC defender Tony Whitehead ‘not surprised’ by Treaty United’s dream start Twitter NewsSoccer – March to promotion continuesBy Staff Reporter – July 16, 2016 748 Limerick’s Paudie O’Connor named Bradford City Player of the Season Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img TAGSIrelandLimerick FCsoccer Email Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Former Limerick FC star named in Ireland squad Linkedin LISTEN: Stephen Hunt Reviews Ireland Vs Serbia “We have no divine right to beat anyone unless we’re one hundred percent at it” last_img read more

Man charged with stealing forklift, damaging pickup

first_img Twitter Previous articleOUR VIEW: Monica’s Law is good thing for TexasTHE POINT: Protecting victims of domestic violence is something that should be important to all of us.Next articleWhat’s Going On May 3 Odessa American Pinterest By Odessa American – February 24, 2021 Local News TAGS  WhatsApp Facebookcenter_img Twitter Man charged with stealing forklift, damaging pickup Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Israel Vasquez Jr. A man reportedly stole a heavy duty forklift and caused $10,000 damage to a pickup after picking it up with the forklift and dropping it.Israel Vasquez Jr., 42, was arrested and charged Wednesday with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, evading arrest with a vehicle, a third-degree felony and criminal mischief, a state jail felony.The reported robbery happened at 4:41 p.m. Wednesday at FB Industries located at 1550 S. Industrial Ave., the Odessa Police Department affidavit detailed.Officers made contact with the reporting party, identified as 49-year-old Michael Miller, and he stated there was a man on a red KALMAR heavy duty forklift that wasn’t allowed to be on it, the affidavit stated.The man was later identified as Vasquez, the affidavit detailed. Miller stated the man reportedly drove around the lot and had intentionally picked up his white Ram 2500 three to five feet in the air and then dropped it which caused $10,000 in damage.Miller reportedly attempted to stop Vasquez from taking the forklift and he swung the forklift around to the left and hit him in the back of the knee causing a bruise with the back of the forklift.Officers located Vasquez in the back of the yard driving the forklift around, the affidavit stated. He was reportedly instructed to stop and get out. Vasquez was asked to exit the vehicle several more times, but refused.Vasquez reportedly exited the yard in an attempt to take the forklift. He eventually got out of the forklift after breaking the driver’s side door.Vasquez was arrested, charged and transported to the Ector County Law Enforcement Center. He has three bonds totaling $95,000 and was still in custody as of Thursday afternoon, jail records show.last_img read more

Madras HC Directs Govt To File Counter In DMK’s Plea Seeking Permission To Land International Flights Carrying Stranded Indians In The State [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesMadras HC Directs Govt To File Counter In DMK’s Plea Seeking Permission To Land International Flights Carrying Stranded Indians In The State [Read Order] Akshita Saxena12 Jun 2020 7:51 AMShare This – xThe Madras High Court on Friday issued notices to the Union of India and the state Government in a PIL filed by Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), seeking necessary permissions/clearance for landing of international aircrafts, carrying Indians stranded abroad, at the Chennai International Airport. The bench comprised by Dr. Justice Vineet Kothari and Justice R. Suresh Kumar has asked…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Madras High Court on Friday issued notices to the Union of India and the state Government in a PIL filed by Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), seeking necessary permissions/clearance for landing of international aircrafts, carrying Indians stranded abroad, at the Chennai International Airport. The bench comprised by Dr. Justice Vineet Kothari and Justice R. Suresh Kumar has asked the state Government to file a Counter affidavit, clearing its stand on the issue. “The State Government is also directed to give its Status Report and file Counter about the permissions required to be given for such international Flight operations to land within the State of Tamil Nadu and the number of such requisitions given by various Airline Companies or other Authorities in this regard and what is the stand of the State Government in issuing such permissions to the Airline Companies/Airport Authorities in this regard,” the court directed. The Petitioner-party had submitted that even though the Union of India had issued an SOP for repatriation of Indians stranded abroad, many citizens who wanted to return to Tamil Nadu were facing problem as the state has not granted permission for landing of any such Aircrafts in the state. The bench observed that the matter requires consideration and listed it for hearing on June 19. The court has also asked the Central Government to file a Status Report with regard to the following: number of Applicants, who have registered in various Embassies where they are stranded and want to return to India;number of Flights of various Airlines operated so far for return to India/State of Tamil Nadu during the Covid-19 period and the details of Plans of the Union of India to provide more such Flights in near future for such stranded people, either under Vande Bharat Mission or otherwise.details of the relief in the form of any financial help, ticket costs, food, stay, etc., to be provided to such stranded people in various foreign countries because of the Covid-19 Lockdown and stoppage of Flight operations. The Party was represented by Senior Advocate Richardson Wilson for M/s.Wilson Associates. Additional Solicitor General G. Rajagopalan accepted notice on behalf of Union of India; and Additional Advocate General SR Rajagopal and Govt.Pleader V. Jayaprakash Narayanan accepted notice for the State.The Government of India had decided to facilitate the return of Indian nationals stranded abroad on compelling grounds in a phased manner, via aircrafts and naval ships, last month. An SOP for the same was issued by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs on May 5, 2020 and subsequently on May 26, 2020. Click Here To Download Order Read Order Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Hurricane Michael makes landfall, worst storm Florida Panhandle has seen in over a century

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(PANAMA CITY, Fla.) — Hurricane Michael, a potentially catastrophic Category 4 storm, has made landfall along the Florida Panhandle, bringing a life-threatening storm surge of up to 14 feet high.Florida Gov. Rick Scott called the storm “monstrous.”It is the worst hurricane to hit the Panhandle since the mid-1800s, the director of FEMA said.As the storm barrels ahead with 150 mph winds, thousands have fled the coastline to shelters. But by Wednesday morning, officials said the time to evacuate is now over.“This was a shock waking up knowing it was a [Category] 4,” said Panama City Beach resident Julie Gordon. “Thinking it was a [Category] 2 was a very different story.”All bridges from Panama City Beach to further inland have closed, so Gordon said she is riding out Michael at home, “hoping and praying that the storm will continue to drift to the northeast … [an area] where it’s not quite as populated.”Life-threatening storm surgeHurricane Michael, set to crash into the coast midday Wednesday, is forecast to bring heavy rain of up to 12 inches.Water levels were already quickly rising Wednesday and as Michael approached the coast its pressure dropped to about 919 millibars (mb). The lower the pressure, the more intense the storm. Hurricane Katrina in 2005 made landfall with a pressure of 920 millibars.Hurricane Michael is fast-moving as well as powerful.“This is a fast storm, but it is going to be like a buzz saw,” warned ABC News chief meteorologist Ginger Zee.One of the biggest threats is storm surge, which could reach 14 feet when the strong winds push the ocean water onto land.“You cannot hide from storm surge,” Scott warned at a news conference Tuesday. “This storm can kill you.”The nation’s emergency management director said he hopes people have evacuated areas that are vulnerable to inundation by a storm surge.“Largely, the storm surge area is the one unforgiving hazard,” Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, told “Good Morning America” on Wednesday. “Anybody that doesn’t evacuate that experiences storm surge doesn’t typically live to tell about that story.”Residents seek shelterThe Panhandle is the wide strip of northwest Florida with the Gulf of Mexico to the south and Alabama and Georgia to the north. Popular with tourists for its beaches, the area also has many year-round residents — its largest city is Pensacola, with a population approaching half a million.The last Category 4 hurricanes to strike the U.S. mainland were both in 2017 — Irma, which slammed into Florida, and Harvey, which hit Texas.About 375,000 people are under mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders across parts of 18 Florida counties, according to The Associated Press.By Wednesday morning, it was too late to evacuate the Florida coast. Those who remained were urged to shelter in place.“First responders will not be able to come out in the middle of the storm,” the governor tweeted. “If you chose to stay in an evacuation zone, you must SEEK REFUGE IMMEDIATELY.”About 4,000 people have entered 70 evacuation shelters, FEMA officials said.Michael may bring weekslong power outages, officials added.Mobile homes are especially a concern since they aren’t built to withstand hurricane-force winds, so in one county in south Georgia, mobile home residents were invited to shelter at a local church, reported ABC affiliate WALB in Albany, Georgia.“The size of this thing is growing,” said Reggie Rachals, sheriff of Lee County, Georgia. “It will tear up mobile home parks real bad.”In Carrabelle, Florida, resident Cole Lauzau said she is planning to try riding out the storm at home with her roommate and their dog.They live across the street from a swamp, so Lauzau is bracing for water to rise up to their home.For now, Lauzau is trying to plan ahead, making sure they have enough water, food and sandbags.“We’re a little nervous,” she told ABC News. “If we can possibly ride it out safely, we’re going to try it. And if it gets much worse … we will go.”States of emergency across the SouthScott has declared a state of emergency in 35 counties in Florida. President Donald Trump has approved an emergency declaration for Florida, permitting the federal government to provide resources and aid during the dangerous storm.After tearing through Florida, Michael will take aim on Georgia, which will be hit by damaging winds and downed power lines.Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Tuesday declared a state of emergency.“What you’re going to see is a storm moving very rapidly through Georgia, and it will maintain hurricane strength through southwest Georgia and central Georgia as it passes through later today and early tomorrow,” FEMA’s Long told “GMA.”In Alabama, where residents may see massive power outages, high winds and heavy rain, Gov. Kay Ivey issued a state of emergency statewide.North Carolina and South Carolina will likely see heavy rainfall, which could cause flooding in areas already damaged and rain-soaked by last month’s Hurricane Florence.A state of emergency was declared Wednesday in North Carolina, said Gov. Roy Cooper, as he warned that winds will be strong enough to down trees.The hardest rain is expected there Thursday to Thursday night, he said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more