How Are You Preparing For Hurricane Michael?

All eyes are on Hurricane Michael. Will it have an impact on Maine

Michael, whose rapid intensification as it churned north over the Gulf of Mexico caught many by surprise, made landfall on Wednesday afternoon near Mexico Beach, about 32km southeast of Panama City in Florida's panhandle.

Just four days after forming as a tropical depression off of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, Hurricane Michael is poised to slam into the gulf coast of Florida on Wednesday as a category four monster. The fate of about 280 residents who authorities said ignored evacuation orders was unknown.

"There are so many downed power lines and trees that it's nearly impossible to get through the city", Apalachicola Mayor Van Johnson said.

"It's going to get worse pretty fast here", said Scott, before making similar comments in appearances on "Fox & Friends" and "CBS This Morning".

As of 2 a.m. EDT, Michael was moving north at 12 mph and positioned about 170 miles southwest of Apalachicola, Florida, and about 180 miles south-southwest of Panama City, Florida. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (72 kilometers) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (281 kilometers).

The National Hurricane Centre said Michael would pass through the Carolinas on Thursday, dumping as much as 8 inches of rain in some areas.

Severe flooding, heavily damaged buildings, uprooted trees and downed power lines appeared widespread in coastal areas near the storm's landfall.

But some officials were anxious by what they weren't seeing - a rush of evacuees. She worked all night stocking shelves at a big-box store that was closing later Tuesday, then got to work securing her yard.

"You don't want to have to stay there", she said.

Former Franklin County planner Alan Pierce said after the storm blew through that the area endured a storm surge as high as 10 feet. "We've got supplies to last us a week".

"We will be in for a long-term sheltering mission", he said. "This might be really bad and serious".

Some 120,000 residents were under mandatory evacuation orders in Bay County in the panhandle, a low-lying area of beachfront resorts and retirement communities.

In Panama City, about 20 miles northwest of Mexico Beach, the power went out at Country Inn Suites. Storm surges and subsequent flooding remain a major concern as governors across the region declare states of emergency and residents either flee or hunker down.

An estimated 6,000 evacuees took cover in emergency shelters, majority in Florida, and that number was expected to swell to 20,000 across five states by week's end, Kieserman said. Many gas stations in Tallahassee had run out of fuel, including the Quick "N" Save, which was also stripped clean of bottled water and down to about two dozen bags of ice. A Hurricane Warning is in effect from the Alabama/Florida border to Suwannee River, Florida. While glad to have a safe place to ride out the storm, she wasn't happy that her home county couldn't provide shelter.

The governors of North and SC urged residents to brace for more heavy rain and storm-force winds as Michael plows northward up the Atlantic seaboard.

Winds as strong as Michael is producing can inflict substantial damage to roofs and walls of even well constructed homes, according to the National Weather Service.

The storm's path and the need for emergency management potentially carried political significance for Gov. Rick Scott, R, who is running for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Bill Nelson, D, and for Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, D, who is seeking to succeed Scott in a contest against Republican Ron DeSantis.

But Brad Kieserman of the American Red Cross said on Wednesday as many as 320,000 people on Florida's Gulf Coast had disregarded evacuation notices.

Lush reported from St. Petersburg, Fla.

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