Published: Thu, October 11, 2018
Sci-tech | By Javier West

Hurricane Michael gains strength, continues path toward NC

Hurricane Michael gains strength, continues path toward NC

Hurricane Michael has gained strength during its approach toward Florida's Gulf Shore and is expected to make landfall Wednesday afternoon.

Governor Scott warned in a news conference that Hurricane Michael is a "massive storm that could bring total devastation to parts of our state, especially in the panhandle".

Mass evacuations have been ordered as a "monstrous" Hurricane Michael strengthened into a Category 2 storm with top wind speeds of 100 miles per hour as it continued to intensify on its path toward the Florida Panhandle. According to the Associated Press, a hurricane hunter plane flew into the storm Tuesday morning and found the storm was rapidly intensifying, which mean winds could push the storm into a category three before it makes landfall sometime on Wednesday.

"The time to prepare is now".

Mandatory evacuation orders went into effect in Bay County for people in Panama City Beach and other low-lying areas in the bull's-eye.

The National Hurricane Center has issued a storm surge warning for portions of the coasts of the Florida Panhandle, Big Bend, and Nature Coast.

Governor Scott called for coastal residents to evacuate, saying: "It could be the difference between life and death". Fernando is anxious about the approach of Hurricane Michael because he sustained tree damage to his house in Florence and has tarps covering parts of the exterior.

As Hurricane Michael closed in on Florida's Panhandle - threatening to become the strongest storm ever to hit the region - Gov. Rick Scott and emergency officials pleaded with residents in evacuation zones to flee before the killer storm arrived. He added that people will "not be dragged out of their homes", but if they choose to stay they will be doing so at their own peril. Forecasters expected it to hit the coast later in the day and warned of devastating winds and risky storm surge of 12 feet or higher. "It's too late to get out, you need to hunker down". "There's nothing between us and this storm but warm water' and I think that's what terrifies us about the potential impacts".

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