Hurricane Michael approaches Florida panhandle

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People along the panhandle are bracing for a hit from Hurricane Michael.

Mary Maloney reports on how residents are preparing.

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Governor Rick Scott / -R- Florida: This storm will be life threatening and extremely dangerous. Florida Governor Rick Scott warning residents of the gulf coast region to prepare. Hurricane Michael is on its way.

 This storm will bring torrential rain to most of the Panhandle and Big Bend which means flooding will be a major issue. Currently, a Category 1 storm impacting parts of Cuba and the Yucatan peninsula, Hurricane Michael is expected to strengthen before it makes landfall in the U.S. Heavy rainfall and winds well over 100 mph are expected.

It’s forecasted to grow stronger and could make landfall as a major Category 3 storm on Wednesday along the Gulf Coast. And if landfall happens at high tide, Michael’s storm surge could be anywhere between two and twelve feet. The coastal areas of Gulf County, Florida, have already received a mandatory evacuation order.

“We have to take this very seriously. Families have to take this opportunity to get three days of food and water and make sure all medications are ready.”

President Trump says FEMA and the federal government are paying attention to the storm and are also getting prepared.

“As Hurricane Michael nears landfall, we urge all residents to be prepared and to heed local officials.”

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And WTJV 12’s Griffin Hardy is heading to Dothan, Alabama to help track the storm with our sister station WDHM. You can keep up with your forecast by downloading the free WJTV 12 weather app.

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