Hurricane Michael strengthens into ‘extremely dangerous’ Category 4 storm

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Hurricane Michael strengthened into a major Category 4 storm on Tuesday as it barreled through the Gulf of Mexico toward the Florida Panhandle, threatening to hammer the state on Wednesday with winds as high as 140 mph and a life-threatening storm surge of up to 13 feet.

Forecasters warned it could be the most powerful storm on record to hit the Florida Panhandle.

Parts of Florida started feeling tropical storm-force winds overnight, with landfall projected Wednesday afternoon.

Evacuations were ordered in parts of 10 counties, with more than 100,000 people ordered to leave low-lying areas.

“It will be life-threatening and extremely dangerous,” Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) said. “You cannot hide from this storm.”

Miami Herald 

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