'We've Never Seen Anything Like It in the Panhandle': Monstrous Hurricane Michael Set to Strike Florida
- Forecasters believeMichael could intensify
before it makes landfall on Wednesday.
People in Florida andAlabama are preparing
for a potentially historic storm.
- This is a massive storm,we've not seen anything like it,
uh, in the Panhandle.
- [Heather] Michael's windshave risen to 90 miles an hour
as it approaches the northeast Gulf Coast.
- Michael is forecast to continue to move
to the north/northwest,
then northerly, then turn to the northeast
as it makes landfall, probably coming in
as a major hurricane, comingin as a category three
on the Saffir-Simpson scale,
with winds probablyaround 120 miles an hour
near that center of circulation.
- [Heather] It could dumpas much as a foot of rain
in the Panhandle as it moves inland,
and its winds could top 110 miles an hour.
The governor has declareda state of emergency
for 35 Florida counties, andthe entire state of Alabama
is under an emergency declaration.
Authorities have issuedmandatory evacuation orders
for low-lying coastal areas in Florida.
Those who plan to stayare filling sandbags,
boarding up windows, andstocking up on food and water.
- We weren't nervous last night
when we went to bed, andthen, we woke up this morning
and, all of a sudden,it was, well, it was a,
first, a category two,and now, it's looking
like it's gonna be worse than that,
so, we're a little nervous.
- We're hopin' that it'snot gonna hit us directly.
- In the Gulf, cruise ships are changing
their routes, the AirForce is moving aircraft
from its base near Panama City,
and many residents are just hoping
to fill up their vehiclesbefore Michael hits.
Michael could also impactareas outside the Gulf Coast.
Downpours are expected from the Carolinas
all the way west to Texas.
Severe storms could alsohit the Southern Plains
and Lower Great Plains.
Heather Sells, CBN News.