Hurricane Michael grew to a Category 4 hurricane overnight, and is now expected to be the worst storm ever to hit Florida’s Panhandle when it makes landfall on Wednesday.
Maximum winds sustained have reached 140 miles per hour, with even more intense gusts, and it is expected to gain additional wind strengths before making landfall, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Life-threatening storm surges could also reach up to 13 feet in some areas.
The most affected areas, such as the Panhandle and Big Bend, are expected to accumulate maximum flooding levels of 12 inches.
Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency over the weekend, and Tuesday night warned citizens that it was their “last chance to evacuate before conditions start deteriorating.”
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