Hurricane warnings hit U.S. Gulf Coast ahead of Michael

Tropical Storm Watch extends to Louisiana-Mississippi line

Chris Miller
October 08, 2018 - 4:27 pm

Hurricane warnings are now up for the central Florida panhandle as Hurricane Michael gains strength and heads north. Michael is forecast to make landfall around 1:00 p.m. Wednesday near Panama City Beach, Florida, as a major hurricane.

"A hurricane warning has been issued for portions of the Florida Gulf Coast, and everyone in these areas should prepare for life-threatening winds associated with the core of Michael," said Daniel Brown with the National Hurricane Center. "Damaging winds will also extend inland across portions of the Florida Panhandle, southern Georgia, and southeast Alabama as Michael moves inland."

Michael could make landfall with maximum sustained winds of 115 miles per hour, a category three storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

The storm will move mainly north over the next couple of days before turning north-northeast as a cool front arrives and pushes the storm back out over the U.S. Atlantic coast and out to sea.

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