Hurricane Michael now Cat. 4 with 150 mph winds, monster storm taking aim at Panhandle

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The WDHN Storm Team has live continuing coverage  of Hurricane Michael beginning at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. Click here to stream live.

Hurricane Michael has become an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane that is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge, hurricane-force winds and heavy rain to the northeastern Gulf Coast.

As of 10:30 a.m., Hurricane Michael’s maximum sustained winds are at 150 mph.

The wind speed for a Category 5 hurricane is 157 mph or higher. 

Hurricane Michael is about 60 miles south-southwest of Panama City and about 65 miles west-southwest of Apalachicola.

Michael is moving north at a speed of 14 mph. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 45 miles. Tropical force winds extend outward up to 175 miles.

Winds of 65 to 75 mph are expected areawide in the Wiregrass this evening.  4 to 6 inches of rain will generate scattered flash flooding tonight as well.

The Panhandle counties will get the main brunt, however Geneva and Houston counties could as well have major impacts along with our Georgia counties; Early, Miller, and Seminole.

The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. The water has the potential to reach the following heights above ground if peak surge occurs at the time of high tide.

  • Tyndall Air Force Base FL to Keaton Beach FL…9-13 ft
  • Okaloosa/Walton County Line FL to Tyndall Air Force Base FL…6-9 ft
  • Keaton Beach FL to Cedar Key FL…6-9 ft
  • Cedar Key FL to Chassahowitzka FL…4-6 ft
  • Chassahowitzka to Anna Maria Island FL including Tampa Bay…2-4 ft

The WDHN Storm Team has live continuing coverage beginning at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. Click here to stream live.

Click here to download the WDHN News app to receive push alert updates as Michael moves through the Wiregrass.

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