Hurricane Michael upgraded to 'extremely dangerous' Category 4 storm

S Florida Panhandle braces for Hurricane Michael

He declared a state of emergency for 35 Florida counties, from the Panhandle to Tampa Bay, and activated hundreds of Florida National Guard members and waived tolls to encourage evacuations.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal on Tuesday issued a state of emergency declaration for 92 counties in the state.

Florida officials said roughly 375,000 people up and down the Gulf Coast had been urged or ordered to evacuate.

The Carolinas aren't expected to get a direct hit from Michael, but even a weakening storm could bring strong winds and inches of rain.

"If you decide to stay in your home and a tree falls on your house or the storm surge catches you and you're now calling for help, there's no one that can respond to help you", Escambia county sheriff David Morgan said in a statement.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told residents: "I know people are worn out from Florence, but don't let this storm catch you with your guard down". "We have done everything we can as far as getting the word out", Smith said.

Forecasters in Alabama warned of possible tornados.

Anxious meteorologists said it had the potential of becoming one of the worst storms in the history of Florida's Panhandle.

On Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center upgraded Michael to a category two storm, which comes with maximum sustained winds of 110 miles per hour.

"I know it's going to cover everything around here", Sadousky said Tuesday, eyeing water lapping at the edge of a canal behind his home. Fernando is anxious about the approach of Hurricane Michael because he sustained tree damage to his house in Florence and has tarps covering parts of the exterior.

Disaster agencies in El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua reported 13 deaths as roofs collapsed and residents were carried away by swollen rivers.

Parts of western Cuba, which was hit by the storm on Monday, were forecast to receive up to a foot of rain. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of stlucianewsonline.com, its sponsors or advertisers.

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