SEBASTIAN – Hurricane Michael may become the strongest hurricane to hit the Florida Panhandle in recorded history as it strengthens to a Category 4.
“Well here we go!! Starting to get a few bands! I will keep everyone informed as soon as I can!! We are safe and have lots of supplies, keep us in your prayers,” Tallahassee resident Amy Post told Sebastian Daily.
As of 8:00 a.m., the storm is generating 145 mph winds, and there are reports of 31-foot waves near the coast. The first outer bands of the storm are now moving through Tallahassee, according to the National Hurricane Center.
On Wednesday morning, many people were caught by surprise as Michael continued to strengthen. Officials are telling people who didn’t evacuate to hunker down.
The storm is expected to roar onto shore between Panama City Beach and Apalachicola between 1-3 p.m.
Forecasters say some of the dangers include flash-flooding with heavy rain; life-threatening storm surges up to 13 feet high; and devastating winds that could reach southern Alabama and Georgia.