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Strengthening to Category 3, Hurricane Michael aims at Florida by Richard Fausset, Alan Blinder and John Schwartz October 09,2018   |  Source: NYT

Hurricane Michael approached a fortified Florida Panhandle on Tuesday and was expected to strengthen into a Category 4 storm and make landfall on Wednesday as the most powerful tropical cyclone to strike the mainland United States so far this year.

The National Hurricane Center said that the storm had maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour, and would reach the Florida coastline on Wednesday. Emergency declarations were issued for parts of Alabama, Florida and Georgia, and the authorities ordered tens of thousands of people to evacuate as they opened storm shelters and shut down schools.

“Hurricane Michael is a monstrous storm, and the forecast keeps getting more dangerous,” Gov. Rick Scott of Florida said during an appearance at the state’s emergency operations center in Tallahassee, the state capital.

 

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