Hurricane Michael Strengthens Into Category 2 As it Barrels Towards Florida

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As of 11 p.m. Tuesday, the storm was packing winds of up to 125 miles per hour and still gaining strength in the Gulf of Mexico, but it was also already pushing storm surge into the Panhandle, according to the National Hurricane Center. Residents of this Florida panhandle city were busy Monday readying themselves for Hurricane Michael, which is predicted to make landfall somewhere around Panama City, Fla.

By Tuesday morning, Michael had strengthened into a Category 2 storm with 100 miles per hour winds. This is a life-threatening situation.

"Storm surge is the No. 1 problem that you can see from these storms".

Scott declared a state of emergency in 35 of 67 counties but emphasized that evacuation orders are a local responsibility.

President Donald Trump approved a pre-landfall emergency declaration to provide federal money and help in Florida.

"We've practiced this many times. This is game time", Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford said.

"Today it is about life and safety, " Gillum said.

Just past year, 14 people died following Hurricane Irma when a South Florida nursing home lost power and air conditioning. The fix bill came in at more than $60 billion, ranking Irma among the most costly storms in US history.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott, who has suspended his Senate campaign due to the impending storm, warns that this hurricane is "going to be historic" and cause more destruction than the state's panhandle has seen in decades. The storm could inundate more than one-fourth of that coast's dunes, causing flooding behind the protective dune line, said Kara Doran, leader of the USGS Coastal Change Hazards Storm Team. Rainfall totals around five to 10 inches with damaging winds moving inland in parts of Georgia.

The Florida Panhandle and Big Bend areas in addition to southern portions of Alabama and Georgia are expected to receive as much as 12 inches of rain through Friday. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a state of emergency on October 8. It was the most powerful hurricane on record to hit the Panhandle.

While Florence wrung itself out for days and brought ruinous rains, fast-moving Michael is likely to be more about wind and storm surge.

Hurricane Michael suddenly became news on Monday after eclipsing its former tropical-storm status while lashing Cuba. The whirlwind hurricane continues to pick up speed, and The National Weather Service in Tallahassee called Michael "potentially catastrophic".

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, Florida's Democratic nominee for governor, filled sandbags with residents and urged residents of the state capital city to finish up emergency preparations quickly. "They are their best first responders".

A hurricane warning was issued for the Gulf Coast of Florida from the Alabama/Florida border eastward to Suwannee River and a hurricane watch was issued for the Alabama/Florida border westward to the Mississippi/Alabama border.

Florence made landfall last month as a Category 1 storm, killing dozens in the Carolinas and Virginia.

The NHC says some coastal regions can expect 9 to 13 feet of storm surge, as the hurricane's winds drive a wall of water onto the low-lying shore.

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