Michael Now "Extremely Dangerous" Category 4 Hurricane
Hurricane Michael intensified on Wednesday into a fierce Category 4 storm, with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.
Forecasters said that Michael has a life-threatening storm surge in some areas up to 13 feet and in some places even up to a meter of rain. From 2am Michael was about 180 miles south – southwest of Panama City, Florida and about 170 miles. said the center, "the center of Michael will move across the northeastern Gulf of Mexico this morning. The center of Michael's Eye is expected to move inland over the Florida Panhandle or the Florida Big Bend area tonight, traverse the southeastern United States this evening and Thursday northeast, and then move off the Mid-Atlantic coast off the United States on Friday. "1
" … Additional reinforcement is possible today, before Michael lands in the Florida Panhandle or the Florida Big Bend area, weakening is expected after the landfall as Michael moves through the southeastern United States. "
Hurricane Force winds extended outward and up to 45 miles from Michael's eye tropical storm winds extended up to 175 miles outward.
The NHC said Michael will also raise the risk of Wednesday's tornadoes for parts of the Florida Panhandle, the northern Florida Peninsula and South Georgia.