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Michael was forecast to push through warm, relatively shallow Gulf of Mexico waters before moving inland over the northern Gulf coast of Florida.

Residents of the USA state of Florida are boarding up homes and seeking evacuation routes away from Hurricane Michael, forecast to slam ashore midweek with life-threatening waves, winds and rains.

Hurricane Michael will make landfall along the Gulf Coast Wednesday as a Category 3 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center. After Hurricane Irma previous year, 14 people died when a South Florida nursing home lost power and air conditioning.

In the Caribbean, a hurricane warning for the Cuban province of Pinar del Rio was downgraded to a tropical storm warning Tuesday morning, while a tropical storm warning was discontinued for the Isle of Youth. "Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other unsafe conditions", the hurricane center said.

The storm is expected to unleash coastal storm surges of up to 12 feet (3.7 meters) along Florida's Panhandle and dump as much as a foot (30 cm) of rain across Florida, Georgia and SC, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported.

"This storm will be life-threatening and extremely unsafe", Scott said at a news conference Sunday.

At about 11:15 a.m., a Tropical Storm Watch was issued for Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, Claredon, Lee, Orangeburg and Sumter counties, according to the NOAA.

The expected path for Hurricane Michael as of October 9, 2018. He added, "Today it is about life and safety".

"Michael is expected to produce heavy rainfall and flash flooding over portions of western Cuba during the next day or so", it said.

Thursday: The remnants of Hurricane Michael will bring a significant plume of Gulf moisture and elevated wind speeds to southeast Georgia.

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Gov. Rick Scott warned people across northwest Florida at a news conference Tuesday morning that the "monstrous hurricane" was just hours away, bringing deadly risks from high winds, storm surge and heavy rains. "Take care of them", Scott said.

In a Facebook post Monday, the Wakulla County Sheriff's Office said no shelters would be open because Wakulla County shelters were rated safe only for hurricanes with top sustained winds below 111 miles per hour.

"We are running out of time", Scott said in a post on Twitter. By Friday (Oct. 12), the storm will make its way out over the northern Atlantic, NOAA is now predicting.

Hurricane Michael is coming.

"You will see damage to infrastructure, you will see power outages, and services that we are used to will be interrupted due to Hurricane Michael", he said.

Shannon remembers how previous hurricanes knocked out power in Florida's capital city, so he knows what's possible with Michael.

When winds reach 119km/h (74mph), it is known as a hurricane - in the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific - or a typhoon in the Western Pacific.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for.

Mr Scott warned the residents of his state not to be complacent. The county recently switched systems and even people who were previously subscribed to the system need to resubscribe to the new system, which is provided through the state. Exxon said it did not expect the staff reduction to affect output. By 8 a.m. Tuesday, top winds had reached 100 miles per hour (155 kph), and it was forecast to strengthen more, with winds topping 111 miles per hour (179 kph), capable of causing devastating damage.

From Indian Pass, Florida, to Cedar Key, Florida, 8 to 12 feet of storm surge could inundate some areas, the agency warned.