- Storm Surge is expected to be as high as the first floor of a house.
- Nearly 400,000 evacuated.
- Category 4 hurricane Michael with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph
- The monstrous storm is expected to strengthen further before making landfall
- Florida Governor Rick Scott called Michael a 'monstrous hurricane forecasters said it could potentially be the most powerful storm to strike the Panhandle in at least a decade
Category 4 hurricane Michael with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph is expected to strengthen further before making landfall near Panama City, Florida, on Wednesday afternoon.
According to the BBC, Hurricane Michael has been upgraded to an "extremely dangerous" category 4 storm, hours before it is due to make landfall in Florida.
The storm has sustained winds of 130mph (210km/h) and is due to make landfall at about midday (16:00 GMT).
More than 370,000 people in Florida have been ordered to evacuate and move to higher ground.
At least 13 people reportedly died in Central America over the weekend as a result of the storm, rains and floods.
Florida has declared a state of emergency, as have Alabama and Georgia.
Cameras outside the International Space Station captured views of Hurricane Michael at 12:13 p.m. and 12:50 p.m. EDT Oct. 9 from an altitude of 255 miles as the storm churned over the Gulf of Mexico moving northwest at 12 miles an hour. More: https://go.nasa.gov/2NxKdp4 Michael is expected to make landfall Wednesday, Oct. 10 as a category 3 hurricane over the Florida panhandle. For more info: www.nasa.gov/station
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