Hurricane Michael is heading for Florida as a Category 4 storm. It was upgraded last night after winds exceeded 140 mph and it could grow even stronger in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. When the storm hits the Florida Panhandle today it will be the strongest storm to ever hit the area and the most powerful one to hit the U.S. this year. The National Hurricane Centre says Michael will bring life-threatening storm surge, hurricane force winds and heavy rainfall along the northeastern Gulf Coast. About 3.7 million people are under hurricane warnings in the Panhandle, along with parts of southeastern Alabama and southern Georgia. Tropical storm warnings cover 8.5 million people in several states. In Florida, about 2,500 National Guardsmen have been activated. The eye of the storm should make landfall this afternoon or evening. High winds are already lashing the coast.
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