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May 21, 2019

Hurricane Michael strengthens to Category 2 as it approaches Gulf Coast

October 9, 2018
Michael is now a Category 2 hurricane. (National Hurricane Center)

Hurricane Michael continues to pick up steam as it roars toward the Gulf Coast — intensifying into a Category 2 storm a day before it’s expected to make landfall in Florida.

The storm currently boasts wind speeds up to 100 miles per hour that could increase to 111 mph ahead of making landfall along the Florida Panhandle.

Michael could reach Category 3 before it makes landfall, and may end up being the strongest hurricane to hit the state’s Panhandle in 13 years, according to The Weather Channel.

The hurricane, which is approaching Florida from the south, is also expected to impact Alabama and other southern states.

The National Hurricane Center released an update Tuesday warning that a “life-threatening storm surge” was likely approaching parts of the Florida Panhandle, Big Bend and Nature Coasts.

“Everyone in the hurricane warning area along the Florida Gulf Coast should prepare for life-threatening major hurricane winds associated with the core of Michael,” the announcement reads. “Hurricane force winds will also extend well inland across portions of the Florida Panhandle, southern Georgia, and southeast Alabama as Michael moves inland.”

Michael is forecasted to roll through Florida, Alabama and Georgia on Wednesday, then reach the Carolinas and Virginia a day later.

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