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The storm, which is expected to speed through the Panhandle before moving into the Atlanta area and the Carolinas, rapidly grew over the weekend, and Scott said many people made the decision not to evacuate early, when the forecast had the system reaching 100 miles per hour.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott described it as a "monstrous storm" and urged people to get out of the way. It is, simply, a history-changing storm.

But heavy rain could trigger "life-threatening flash floods" in the Florida Panhandle, southeastern Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas, and southern Virginia as the storm moves to the northeast, according to the National Hurricane Center. The Carolinas, still recovering following Hurricane Florence, could see heavy rain, potentially causing flooding. "Hurricanes that intensify overnight just before reaching land are the worst nightmare of forecasters and emergency managers", Weather Underground's Bob Henson, posted on Twitter. The storm continues to move north, now at 12 m.p.h.

Forming near the Yucatan Peninsula on Sunday and having first appeared on radars just a day prior, Hurricane Michael is now situated 80 miles south-southwest of Panama City, Florida, where it is set to make landfall, and is moving northward. Hurricane Michael is so potentially unsafe, that a restaurant that never closes is officially closed.

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Georgia, Alabama, and Florida have declared states of emergency as Hurricane Michael, an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm, is due to make landfall in Florida on Wednesday and hammer the region over the next few days.

The storm is a category three out of five on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale.

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Maul on Monday expressed criticism in an email that local officials were not sufficiently preparing for the storm, noting that some safety operations weren't scheduled to begin until Tuesday afternoon. Southwestern Franklin County in Big Bend of Florida.* Until 215 PM EDT/115 PM CDT/.* At 1109 AM EDT/1009 AM CDT/, National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated extreme winds in excess of 130 miles per hour, associated with the eyewall of Hurricane Michael, were moving onshore.

Fliers also should keep an eye on Atlanta and Charlotte, major hubs that will likely see poor weather once Michael moves inland.

Waves crash along a pier from hurricane Michael, Oct. 10, 2018, in Panama City Beach, Fla.

Mandatory evacuation orders went into effect Tuesday morning for some 120,000 people in Panama City Beach and across other low-lying parts of the coast.

Six airports in the Florida Panhandle have closed in anticipation of the storm's impacts.

In an advisory from the National Hurricane Center, the potential for a catastrophic event along the Florida Panhandle becomes even more real as Category 4 Hurricane Michael has increased in intensity. The city could face hurricane-force winds of up to 100 miles per hour - enough to knock down a lot of trees and power lines, Accuweather meteorologist Brett Rathbun warned.


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