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Hurricane Michael: 'Extremely dangerous' storm set to hit Florida


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Updated10/10/18  
BBC
Hurricane Michael has been upgraded to an "extremely dangerous" category four storm, hours before it is due to make landfall in Florida.
The storm has sustained winds of 145mph (230km/h) and is due to make landfall at about midday (16:00 GMT).
More than 370,000 people in Florida have been ordered to evacuate and move to higher ground.
At least 13 people reportedly died in Central America over the weekend as a result of storm rains and floods.
Florida has declared a state of emergency, as have Alabama and Georgia.
In its latest bulletin, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Michael remained "an extremely dangerous" hurricane
It warned of a life-threatening storm surge, hurricane force winds and heavy rainfall along the north-eastern Gulf coast.
Michael, it added, could see some additional strengthening before it made landfall in the Florida Panhandle - a strip of land bordering the Gulf of Mexico - or the Big Bend area to its east.
At 07:00 local time on Wednesday, the eye of Michael was about 90 miles (105km) south-west of Panama City, Florida.
The NHC warns that some regions of Florida may experience storm surges of up to 14ft (4m).
And "life-threatening" flash floods may occur as a result of up to 12in (30cm) of rain.
Michael is currently moving northwards at 13mph.
On the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale, category four includes winds of up to 156mph with possible severe damage to even well-built homes and trees being felled.
Florida Governor Rick Scott called Michael "monstrous storm" and urged residents to listen to officials.
Despite the warnings, local officials believe a far smaller number of people have in fact moved away.
Schools and state offices in the area are to remain shut this week.
On Tuesday, Gov Scott said he had activated 2,500 Florida National Guard troops.
Heavy rains are forecast for the Carolinas, which were drenched by Hurricane Florence last month.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told residents: "I know people are fatigued from Florence, but don't let this storm catch you with your guard down."
More than 300 miles of coastline are currently under threat, the National Weather Service has said.
Forecasters in Alabama warned of possible tornados.
President Donald Trump told reporters on Tuesday: "We are very well prepared for the incoming hurricane."

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