Hurricane Michael strengthens to Category 4 before landfall

Hurricane Michael making landfall towards Tallahassee, Florida.
Hurricane Michael making landfall towards Tallahassee, Florida.

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.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges grew up in Jupiter, Florida where he began his career in radio and TV broadcasting for over 12 years. He would make a career change to computer programming. Andy spent seven years working for tech companies in Atlanta before moving to Indian River County in 2002. He returned to the news sector in 2005 as a writer. Andy joined Sebastian Daily in 2016 as our editor in chief.