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WATCH: Track Hurricane Michael as it approaches the Gulf Coast

Posted at 11:44 AM, Oct 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-09 14:44:19-04

Thousands of people are fleeing the Florida coast as Hurricane Michael approaches.

“Let me be clear, Hurricane Michael is a monstrous storm and the forecast keeps getting more dangerous,” Florida Governor Rick Scott warned Tuesday.

The massive storm is now a Category 2 hurricane, with sustained winds of 100 miles an hour. It’s expected to intensify before landfall Wednesday.

Michael is a triple threat, packing severe winds, driving rains and a potentially devastating storm surge of eight to 12 feet.

“Hurricane Michael is going to be a devastating storm to a part of Florida that hasn’t seen a storm of this magnitude in quite some time,” warned FEMA’s Jeff Byard.

Evacuation orders are in place across the Florida panhandle, and a state of emergency has been declared in more than 100 counties from Alabama through Georgia.