Michael Strengthens to an ‘Extremely Dangerous’ Category 4 Hurricane | The Weather Channel

Cat. 4 Hurricane Michael Closing in on Florida Panhandle
Meteorologist Heather Tesch looks at the latest forecast for Hurricane Michael.
At a Glance

Hurricane Michael has intensified to a Category 4 major hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico.Michael is expected to make landfall along Florida’s northeastern Gulf Coast Wednesday.A Category 4 or stronger hurricane has never made landfall in the Florida Panhandle.Michael has maximum sustained winds of 130 mph.Dangerous storm surge, damaging winds and flooding rain are likely impacts from the storm.Hurricane warnings and storm surge warnings have been issued along the Gulf Coast of Florida.Tropical storm warnings and watches are posted along the Southeast coast as far north as the Outer Banks.Heavy rain and strong winds will spread inland across parts of the Southeast after landfall.

Hurricane Michael has intensified to what the National Hurricane Center calls an “extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane.” The NHC said Michael could strengthen further before making landfall in the Florida Panhandle or Big Bend region on Wednesday. The storm will cause life-threatening storm surge, drop heavy rain and is packing destructive 130 mph winds.

At a Glance

  • Hurricane Michael has intensified to a Category 4 major hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Michael is expected to make landfall along Florida’s northeastern Gulf Coast Wednesday.
  • A Category 4 or stronger hurricane has never made landfall in the Florida Panhandle.
  • Michael has maximum sustained winds of 130 mph.
  • Dangerous storm surge, damaging winds and flooding rain are likely impacts from the storm.
  • Hurricane warnings and storm surge warnings have been issued along the Gulf Coast of Florida.
  • Tropical storm warnings and watches are posted along the Southeast coast as far north as the Outer Banks.
  • Heavy rain and strong winds will spread inland across parts of the Southeast after landfall.
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