Michael Strengthens to an ‘Extremely Dangerous’ Category 4 Hurricane | The Weather Channel

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At a Glance

  • Hurricane Michael has intensified to a Category 4 major hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Michael is expected to make landfall along Florida’s northeastern Gulf Coast Wednesday.
  • A Category 4 or stronger hurricane has never made landfall in the Florida Panhandle.
  • Michael has maximum sustained winds of 130 mph.
  • Dangerous storm surge, damaging winds and flooding rain are likely impacts from the storm.
  • Hurricane warnings and storm surge warnings have been issued along the Gulf Coast of Florida.
  • Tropical storm warnings and watches are posted along the Southeast coast as far north as the Outer Banks.
  • Heavy rain and strong winds will spread inland across parts of the Southeast after landfall.

Hurricane Michael has intensified to what the National Hurricane Center calls an “extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane.” The NHC said Michael could strengthen further before making landfall in the Florida Panhandle or Big Bend region on Wednesday. The storm will cause life-threatening storm surge, drop heavy rain and is packing destructive 130 mph winds.

Source: Michael Strengthens to an ‘Extremely Dangerous’ Category 4 Hurricane | The Weather Channel

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