Michael Becomes Extremely Dangerous Category 4 Hurricane

'Potentially catastrophic' Hurricane Michael strengthens to Category 2, targets Florida

'We've Never Seen Anything Like It in the Panhandle': Monstrous Hurricane Michael Set to Strike Florida

National Weather Service Hurricane Michael is expected to make landfall Wednesday along Florida's Panhandle.

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As of 8 a.m., Michael was located about 395 miles south of Panama City, moving north-northwest at 12 mph with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph, a Category 2 hurricane.

The last major hurricane - Category 3 or above - to hit the Panhandle was Hurricane Dennis, which made landfall near Pensacola in 2005, according to hurricane center data. "If they tell you to leave, you have to leave".

As some North Carolina communities continue to recover from Hurricane Florence, Governor Roy Cooper urged people to get ready for Hurricane Michael as it bears down on the Florida coast.

His Democratic opponent in Florida's Senate race, Sen. Bill Nelson, said a "wall of water" could cause destruction along the Panhandle.

Now if you're looking at the "skull" and think it looks familiar, that's because this is now the third year in a row where there's been some sort of skull-like face popping up in satellite images from a hurricane hitting the U.S.

The only other storm now in the Atlantic Ocean is Tropical Storm Leslie, which has zig-zagged in intensity.

Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan bluntly advised residents choosing to ride it out that first-responders won't be able to reach them while Michael smashes into the coast.

Michael wasn't quite done wreaking havoc in the Caribbean on Tuesday.

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While Florence wrung itself out for days and brought ruinous rains, fast-moving Michael is likely to be more about wind and storm surge.

A State of Emergency was expanded on Monday to cover 35 counties along the Florida Gulf Coast.

Terrifying storm surges of up to 12ft (3.6m) could also crash along the Florida Panhandle.

Now, in his final months of an eight-year tenure as Florida governor, Scott is in the familiar role of warning constituents about the dangers of a Cat-3 hurricane.

"If you're responsible for a patient, you're responsible for the patient".

Both NOAA and Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft have flown through the hurricane's four quadrants - and the NHC says, "The planes actually passed through the eye around the same time [Tuesday morning], and reported that they could see one another". Many filled sandbags, boarded up homes and lined up to buy gas and groceries.

DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK - the eye of Hurricane Michael was located near latitude 26.0 North, longitude 86.4 West. Michael is moving toward the north near 12 miles per hour.

Several people were taken by van from coastal Wakulla County to Tallahassee's Leon County to the north. Wakulla County's shelters are not considered reliable against storms stronger than a Category 2.

Its winds shrieking, Michael crashed ashore in the early afternoon near Mexico Beach, a tourist town about midway along the Panhandle, a lightly populated, 200-mile stretch of white-sand beach resorts, fishing towns and military bases. Please consult products from your local weather office.

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