Hurricane Michael a Category 4 storm as it approaches coastline

Published 7:04 am Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Over night, Hurricane Michael strengthened into a Category 4 storm as it heads to the Florida Panhandle.

According to the National Weather Service, at 4 a.m., Michael was located with a maximum sustained winds of 140 mils per hour.

At present, Atmore and the surrounding areas are under a tropical storm warning from now until further notice.

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Hurricane Michael is expected to make landfall this afternoon in the vicinity of Panama City as a dangerous Category 4 storm.

As for the local area, the storm surge watch has been canceled for Escambia Coastal (Fla.), Okaloosa Coastal and Santa Rosa Coastal counties.

Other current watches and warnings include:

– A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Baldwin Central,

Baldwin Coastal, Butler, Conecuh, Covington, Crenshaw,

Escambia, Escambia Inland, Mobile Central, Mobile Coastal, and

Santa Rosa Inland

– A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Escambia Coastal, Okaloosa

Coastal, Okaloosa Inland, and Santa Rosa Coastal

Where’s the storm?

– About 190 miles south-southeast of Mobile AL or about 140 miles

south of Destin FL

– 28.3N 86.5W

– Storm Intensity 140 mph

– Movement North or 360 degrees at 13 mph