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.