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Monstrous Hurricane Michael Hits Gulf Coast

A Category 4 storm
Monstrous Hurricane Michael Hits Gulf Coast
October 10, 2018

Residents along a 300-mile stretch of the Gulf Coast from Mobile, Alabama, to the Florida Panhandle prepared for Hurricane Michael, which rapidly intensified from a tropical storm at mid-day Sunday to a Category 1 hurricane by mid-day Monday. Then, as of Wednesday morning, Michael was an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane bearing down on the Florida Panhandle.

As a Category 4 storm, Michael would be the most intense to make landfall on the panhandle in U.S. records back to 1851.

READ: Florida Regulator Urges Insurers to Respond Quickly After Michael

Early on October 10 maximum sustained winds were clocked at 140 miles per hour, and the storm was expected to become even stronger. Florida state officials issued mandatory or voluntary evacuations in at least 22 counties, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared an emergency in 92 counties and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a state of emergency for the entire state.

 

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