Hurricane Michael makes landfall, heading to Mid-Atlantic coast

Florida State adjusts athletic schedules because of Hurricane Michael

Data collected by NOAA and U.S. Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft recently showed gusts up to 172 miles per hour.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a statewide state of emergency, saying on Twitter it was "in anticipation of wide-spread power outages, wind damage and debris produced by high winds & heavy rain associated with Hurricane Michael". Winds will be 10-15 sustained, gusting up to 25 miles per hour. The agency urged people in the area to take shelter "immediately". A National Ocean Service water level station at Apalachicola recently reported almost 6.5 feet of inundation above ground level. Forecasters also said a wind gust of 54 miles per hour (87 kph) was reported at Apalachicola Regional Airport.

Unlike Florence, Hurricane Michael is likely to be stronger, windier and fast-moving when it reaches the Florida Panhandle sometime Wednesday.

"We expect Michael to make landfall near Panama City, Florida, Wednesday midday or early afternoon", AccuWeather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski said. Michael is the fourth Category 4 hurricane to hit the U.S.in just 15 months, joining last year's trio of Harvey, Irma, and Maria - an unprecedented string of catastrophic hurricane disasters.

"Half of the fatalities in these tropical systems occur with the storm surge", Graham said.

Florida State adjusts athletic schedules because of Hurricane Michael
Hurricane Michael Strengthens to 'Extremely Dangerous' Category 4 as It Heads to Florida

"This is definitely [and] unfortunately a historical and incredibly unsafe and life-threatening situation", he added. Forecasters say it's expected to keep strengthening in the final hours before it crashes ashore as potentially one of the worst hurricanes in the region's history.

It will gradually downgrade in speed and severity before leaving land on Friday.

Hurricane Michael strengthened to a Category 2 storm with 100-mile-per-hour winds on Tuesday as Florida's governor warned it could bring "total devastation" to parts of the southern USA state. With the ground already saturated with waters from Florence, McMaster said he was concerned over whether new rainfall would create a new flooding issue.

With the storm powering toward the coast, the Weather Channel's Mike Bettes said he and his crew were leaving Apalachicola, adding, "Better safe than sorry".

Hurricane Michael quickly intensified into a Category 2 over warm Gulf of Mexico waters Tuesday amid fears it would strike Florida on Wednesday as an even stronger hurricane.

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Hurricane Michael is on track to be the strongest hurricane to hit the U.S. in 50 years, and the third strongest ever. [If you are in a coastal area], do not leave your house.

"The time to evacuate has come and gone ..."

Hurricane Michael has killed at least one person as it continues to move inland over the Southeast.

About 2,500 National Guard troops were deployed to assist with evacuations and storm preparations, and more than 4,000 others were on standby.

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Maul on Monday expressed criticism in an email that local officials were not sufficiently preparing for the storm, noting that some safety operations weren't scheduled to begin until Tuesday afternoon. Up to a foot (30 cm) of rainfall was forecast for some areas.

"What you're going to see is a storm moving very rapidly through Georgia, and it will maintain hurricane strength through southwest Georgia and central Georgia as it passes through later today and early tomorrow", a representative for FEMA's told Good Morning America.

A hurricane warning was in place from the Okaloosa/Walton county line to the Suwannee River and a tropical storm warning was in effect for north of Fernandina Beach, Fla., to Duck, N.C., and Pamlico and Albemarle sounds.

Residents of the Panhandle and Big Bend face enormous predicted storm surges, the likes of which could destroy homes, according to the National Weather Service.

The storm's wind speed puts it close to being a Category 5 hurricane.

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1 P.M. The 1 p.m. advisory on Hurricane Michael is out, and not much has changed from the previous report.

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