“Florida’s northern Gulf Coast faces its most serious hurricane threat in more than a decade as Michael edges closer.
“The intensifying storm is likely to make landfall Wednesday afternoon and conditions will begin to deteriorate early in the day.
“On Tuesday evening, Michael’s peak winds were holding steady at 120 mph — a Category 3 — but the National Hurricane Center said the storm was “getting much better organized” and is now forecast “to be near category 4 strength when it makes landfall.”
“Florida’s Panhandle, from Pensacola to Apalachicola, and its Big Bend area are the zones of greatest concern. Michael is poised to push ashore a “life-threatening” surge of ocean water that could inundate more than 325 miles of coastline.”
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