‘Extremely impressive’ Michael targets Florida

The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Michael appears “extremely impressive” in satellite imagery as the storm barrels toward Florida’s Panhandle.
At 11 a.m. EDT, Michael had top sustained winds of 145 mph (230 kph) and was about 60 miles (95 kilometers) offshore, moving north-northeast toward Panama City at 14 mph (22 kph).
Senior Hurricane Specialist Dan Brown said in a forecast discussion that Michael still had a few more hours to strengthen over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico before it makes landfall Wednesday afternoon.
Brown said Michael also will bring hurricane-force winds well inland over Florida, Alabama and Georgia.
Wind gusts of 46 mph (74 kph) already have been felt in Florida’s capital city of Tallahassee, a couple dozen miles (40 kilometers) from the coast.

Gov. Rick Scott warns people across northwest Florida Tuesday morning that the “monstrous hurricane” was just hours away, bringing deadly risks from high winds, storm surge and heavy rains. (Oct. 9)