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As far as wind goes, we can plan on 15-25 miles per hour sustained winds, with gusts over 40 miles per hour at times.

Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in more than 20 counties along the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend.

Worry over Hurricane Michael has also postponed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission's highly anticipated hearings into the high school massacre scheduled for this week, as many of those on the commission live in the panhandle.

This GIF from the National Weather Service shows Hurricane Michael moving toward the Florida Panhandle on Monday. A hurricane watch is in effect from the Alabama-Florida border eastward to the Suwanee River, and tropical storm watches have been issued from the Suwanee River to Anna Maria Island and from the Alabama-Florida border to the Mississippi-Alabama border.

Ann Beaver was among the three-quarters of city residents who lost electricity after that storm, and she was preparing Monday for a similar experience.

Past year saw a string of catastrophic storms batter the western Atlantic - including Irma, Maria and Hurricane Harvey - causing a record-equaling US$125 billion in damage when it flooded the Houston metropolitan area.

Hurricane Michael is getting stronger, now a major Category 3 hurricane as it races toward the Panhandle of Florida. A storm surge warning was issued for Florida's Gulf coast from the Okaloosa-Walton County Line to Anclote River. The brunt of the storm will hit the Florida Panhandle and continue through Georgia and South Carolina Thursday before hitting central South Carolina and central North Carolina.

Hurricane Michael, which was officially named a Category 1 hurricane this morning, is now located roughly 50 miles south of the west side of Cuba, with a maximum sustained winds of 75 mph.

Hurricane Michael passed through western Cuba on Monday evening and is projected to hit Florida's Panhandle on Wednesday afternoon.

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"Heavy rainfall, wind and storm surge impacts will be possible across portions of the northern Gulf Coast by midweek", according to the hurricane center.

Florida's governor mobilized National Guard troops and thousands of Gulf Coast residents were ordered evacuated on October 8, two days before Hurricane Michael was forecast to slam ashore with life-threatening waves, winds and rains.

By the time Michael reaches the Carolinas, it will be a weakening tropical storm.

"Storm surge is absolutely deadly", Scott said. Weakening is expected after landfall as Michael moves across the southeastern United States.

Two years ago, Hurricane Hermine knocked out power for days in Tallahassee and caused widespread flooding as it came up through the Gulf Coast. "Do not risk your life, leave NOW if you were told to do so", the NWS in Tallahassee, Florida, tweeted Wednesday morning.

Neighbors in Alabama - the entire state is under an emergency declaration - also were bracing.

"You can't survive storm surge", he said.

"We're well into hurricane season and a big part of being ready for hurricane season is people should have a plan with supplies in order and hope for the best", he said. This will likely be a storm with the worst impacts seen overnight on Wednesday.

Gov. Kay Ivey has declared a state of emergency in Alabama as Hurricane Michael takes aim at Gulf coast.

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