Michael forecast to grow into major hurricane

Tracking Michael What You Need to Know

Tracking Michael What You Need to Know

Reports from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 140 miles per hour (225 kph) with higher gusts. The storm's new categorization means it can cause well-constructed frame homes to "sustain major roof and siding damage".

The storm intensified overnight and was packing 130-mph winds at about 2 a.m.

As Hurricane Michael gains strength and heads toward Florida, some are seeing an eerie sight popping up in satellite images from the center of the storm.a skull.

Overnight Tuesday, Florida Gov.

"The time to prepare is now". The areas from Chassahowitzka to Anna Maria Island and between the Alabama-Florida border and the Okaloosa-Walton county line could see 2 feet to 4 feet of storm surge.

Michael could dump up to a foot (30 centimeters) of rain over some Panhandle communities before its remnants go back out to sea by way of the mid-Atlantic states over the next few days.

Governor Scott called for coastal residents to evacuate, saying: "It could be the difference between life and death".

TALLAHASSEE, FL - OCTOBER 08: Drivers line up for gasoline as Hurricane Michael bears down on the northern Gulf coast of Florida on October 8, 2018 in Tallahassee, Florida.

Forecasters expect Hurricane Michael to grow stronger still as it crosses the Gulf of Mexico on its way to Florida's Panhandle.

"People need to start leaving now", sheriff Tommy Ford told an emergency meeting Monday night, according to the AP.

While most homes around him are vacation rentals or summer getaways for their owners, Sadousky had stayed put through more than four decades of storms.

Again, if this wasn't made clear enough this storm is coming and you need to get out of its way.

There was a storm surge warning in effect from the Okaloosa/Walton county line to the Anclote River in Florida, and a storm surge watch in effect from Ocracoke Inlet, N.C., to Duck, N.C. "There's nothing between us and this storm but warm water' and I think that's what terrifies us about the potential impacts".

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, Florida's Democratic nominee for governor, helped people fill sandbags.

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