Hurricane Michael - described as a ‘monstrous storm’ that could bring total devastation - is forecast to make landfall on the Florida Coast imminently. A state of emergency has been declared in Florida and Alabama.
Michael is expected to bring winds in excess of 110mph, and to cause extensive damage and danger to life.
Florida Governor Rick Scott says, “It is critical for people to listen to local news reports. Hurricane Michael poses a deadly threat and, as it grows stronger, we can expect it to make landfall as a major Category 3 storm on Wednesday along the Gulf Coast. Hurricane Michael is forecast to be the most destructive storm to hit the Florida Panhandle in decades.”
What to do if you’re in an area likely to be affected
Heed advice from the US National Weather Service, which says: “If you are in the hurricane warning: prepare now. Tropical storm force winds will arrive this evening, and will continue to increase from there - making any further preparation impossible.”
The Storm Surge Unit at the National Hurricane Centre adds, “Water levels will rise well in advance of the arrival of Michael. It's essential that residents within the storm surge warning area finish preparations to protect life and property today.”
Follow the advice of local authorities and act on evacuation orders.