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Michael headed for landfall in Florida

The early morning update on Wednesday, October 10, shows Michael has strengthened more than expected to a Category 4 hurricane. The storm is due to make landfall on the north Florida coast today.

Animated gif showing Michael from GOES16 satellite data. The gif ends at October 10, 2018, at 10:00 UTC (6 a.m. EDT; translate to your time). Image via Weathernerds.org.

Hurricane Michael is due to make landfall in northern Florida today – Wedneday, October 10, 2018 – as a Category 4 storm. Previously, it had been expected to strengthen only to Category 3. Landfall will likely occur in Florida’s Panhandle. It is the area’s strongest hurricane in over a decade. The National Hurricane Center’s 4 a.m. EDT advisory on Wednesday said:

…EXTREMELY DANGEROUS CATEGORY 4 MICHAEL STRENGTHENS
FURTHER AS IT HEADS NORTHWARD TOWARD THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE…
…LIFE-THREATENING STORM SURGE…HURRICANE FORCE WINDS…AND HEAVY
RAINFALL EXPECTED ALONG THE NORTHEASTERN GULF COAST…

SUMMARY OF 400 AM CDT…0900 UTC…INFORMATION
———————————————-
LOCATION…28.3N 86.5W
ABOUT 140 MI…225 KM SSW OF PANAMA CITY FLORIDA
ABOUT 130 MI…215 KM SW OF APALACHICOLA FLORIDA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…140 MPH…220 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…N OR 360 DEGREES AT 13 MPH…20 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…943 MB…27.85 INCHES

Multiple storm watches and warnings are in effect along the Gulf of Mexico coast.

Key messages from the National Hurricane Center are below. For updates on the storm, follow the National Hurricane Center on Twitter at @NHC_Atlantic.

Bottom line: Hurricane Michael is now a Category 4 storm, due to make landfall in northern Florida on Wednesday, October 10, 2018.

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Deborah Byrd

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