Hurricane Michael strengthens to Category 4 storm
“…considered extremely dangerous.”
Barrelling in with 150 mph winds and generating reports of 31-foot waves, an “extremely dangerous” Hurricane Michael was upgraded to a Category 4 storm Wednesday and continued strengthening into what could be the most powerful storm to hit the Florida Panhandle in 100 years, forecasters said.
Michael was churning about 40 miles southwest of Panama City, Fla. and moving north-northeast at 14 mph, the National Hurricane Center said in its 12 p.m. ET advisory.
“Water levels continue to rise quickly along the coast of the Florida Panhandle, the NHC said. “A National Ocean Service water level station at Apalachicola recently reported over 5.5 feet of inundation above ground level.”
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#HurricaneMichael, seen in this “sandwich loop” from #GOESEast, is moving north at about 13 mph. The @NHC_Atlantic notes that water levels are rising quickly along the coast of the Florida Panhandle. Follow Michael on our Atlantic hurricane tracker: http://go.usa.gov/xP9ES