Hurricane Michael Upgraded To Category 4 As It Nears Florida
Oct 10 2018 by Elias Hubbard
Michael is moving north through the Gulf of Mexico and will likely become a major hurricane before making landfall Wednesday on the Florida Panhandle.
U.S. Air Force pilots spent a cloudy October 9 morning crossing through the violent winds of Hurricane Michael.
Florida residents are scrambling to flee their homes as Hurricane Michael bears down on the state.
Hurricane Michael was upgraded to a Category 4 storm as it moved closer to the Florida coast.
Up to 12 inches of rain could fall in Florida's Panhandle and Big Bend, southeastern Alabama and southern Georgia.
Up to 30cm (1ft) of rainfall is forecast for some of the areas in Michael's path - with Florida, Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas all warned to expect prodigious amounts of rain. The Carolinas are still recovering from the devastation caused by Hurricane Florence six weeks ago, and Michael is expected to be orders of magnitude stronger than Florence.
The governor said state authorities are now focusing on the recovery effort once the fast-moving storm blows through.