National Hurricane Center calls Michael potentially catastrophic as winds reach 145mph

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Manatee Area under Storm Surge Watch.

Hurricane Michael is now an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane as it barrels toward the northeastern Gulf Coast.

It is expected to bring life threatening storm surge and and heavy rains to the Florida Panhandle. Some strengthening is possible before Michael makes landfall today.

As of 8 a.m., Hurricane Michael’s maximum sustained winds are at 145 mph. Governor Rick Scott gave a briefing at the State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee.

SNN will continue to have the latest information on air and online.

WATCHES AND WARNINGS

  • Hurricane Warning:
    A hurricane warning is in effect for the Alabama/Florida Border to the Suwannee River.
  • Tropical Storm Warning:
    A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Alabama/Florida border to the Mississippi/Alabama border.

Suwanee River to Chassahowitzka, Florida.

  • Tropical Storm Watch:
    Tropical storm watches are in effect from Chassahowitzka, Florida, to Anna Maria Island, Florida, including Tampa Bay.

Mississippi/Alabama Border to the mouth of the Pearl River.
Fernandina Beach Florida to South Santee River South Carolina.

  • Storm Surge Warning
    A storm surge warning is in effect from the Okaloosa/Walton County Line to the Anclote River.
  • Storm Surge Watch
    Anclote River to Anna Maria Island, including Tampa Bay, and Alabama/Florida border to Okaloosa/Walton County Line Florida.

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