Michael Still Stronger, Winds Up To 145 MPH
(Miami, FL) — A storm that the National Hurricane Center is calling “potentially catastrophic” continues to get even stronger as it heads for the Florida Panhandle. Reports from hurricane hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 145 miles an hour with higher gusts. And forecasters say additional strengthening is possible before the extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane makes landfall later today. As of the 8 a.m. Eastern time advisory, Michael was located 90 miles southwest of Panama City, moving north at 13 miles an hour.
Michael is about to become the most powerful hurricane to ever hit the Florida Panhandle. A hurricane warning extends from the Alabama-Florida border east to the Suwannee River, while a storm surge warning goes from the Okaloosa-Walton county line in the Panhandle to the Anclote River in the Tampa Bay area.
Alan Spector/ikg/acc AL) GA) NC) SC)
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