140 MPH Monster: Hurricane Michael Now Set to Smash Florida as Extremely Dangerous Category 4
- Overnight Michael strengthenedto a category 4 storm,
taking direct aim atthe Florida panhandle.
- Do not underestimatethe power of this storm.
This will be devastating.
- [Charlene] There are concernsMichael could strengthen
before making landfall later today.
- We're talking aboutlandfall this afternoon
near Panama City Beach, gustsup to 160 miles per hour.
Movement here still keeps this a hurricane
into early tonight.
That's gonna be well north of the tens
and we're talking aboutwidespread trees down,
power lines down, butagain making landfall
mid-afternoon as a category 4 hurricane.
- [Charlene] Forecasters warn the storm
could become one of the panhandle's
worst hurricanes in memory.
- This is the worst storm to ever strike
the Florida panhandle.
It's gonna beat Opal, gonnablow away Dennis from 2005
and it's one of only a handful of storms
in the past 30 yearsthat's hitting as intense
as it has been.
- [Charlene] Some 375,000people up and down
the Gulf Coast have beenurged or ordered to evacuate
ahead of life threatening storm surge,
hurricane force winds and heavy rainfall.
- Remember, we can rebuild your house,
we cannot rebuild your life.
Think about your kids, your grandkids,
all your family members.
Take care of them.
Take this seriously andkeep your family safe.
- [Charlene] Some are heeding the warning
taking to shelters.
- Understanding that thisstorm may be a little
bit more intense thanthe others, so I think
it's a good idea if people are concerned
that they have an option.
Come here or some of the other shelters.
- [Charlene] Others planto ride out the storm.
- We're hunkered downthe way we need to be.
We're well prepared.
We understand the severityand we'll be good to go.
- [Charlene] While Michaelis likely to weaken
as it moves across thesoutheastern United States,
its heavy rains and flooding effects
will spread far and wide.
Tropical storm watches arein effect in coastal areas
of Mississippi, Florida,Georgia and South Carolina.
- The problem in the Carolinasis the kind of storm's
gonna knock down some treesand power lines in areas
that they've just put it back up,
but there's gonna be a swatthat three to six locally
12 inch rains in theareas that Florence hit
and those rivers aren'tback in their banks yet
in a lot of cases, so that's gonna
re-aggravate flood problems.
- President Trump has declared a state
of emergency in Florida authorizing FEMA
to coordinate relief efforts and provide
federal money and help.
Charlene Aaron, CBN News.