Hurricane Michael made landfall as a catastrophic Category 4 hurricane along the Florida panhandle.

Life-threatening storm surge and 100-plus-mph winds continue in communities inland and this could leave some areas without power for over a week.

Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida, around 12:30 p.m. CDT Wednesday with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph.

  • This is the first Category 4 or stronger hurricane that has made landfall in the Florida Panhandle.
  • Catastrophic storm surge and destructive winds will occur near the landfall in the Florida Panhandle.
  • Over a million power outages will occur not just near the coast, but also inland after landfall.
  • Rainfall flooding is also a significant threat inland into the Carolinas.

Watch the latest coverage from the Weather Channel right here.


The Weather Channel reports an extreme wind warning has been issued for parts of the region inland where winds in excess of 115 mph are moving through.

Here's video from CNN on the extensive damage in Mexico Beach, Florida.



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