Hurricane Michael swells to category 4
Hurricane Michael has become a storm of the fourth category, The National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported. According to the NHC, the hurricane is ‘extremely dangerous’.
The hurricane is approaching the east coast of the US and is expected to land in western Florida or in the Big Bend area of Florida around the city of Tallahassee.
Governor Rick Scott said earlier that Michael is expected to be the most deadly devastating storm in the area in decades. The last major hurricane that hit western Florida was hurricane Dennis in 2005. Scott declared a state of emergency for 35 counties of Florida. Tens of thousands of Florida residents have already been evacuated.
The National Hurricane Center NHC warns about wind speeds of up to 210 kilometers per hour. A hurricane warning has been issued for a large area of Florida, Alabama and Georgia, which may be affected by heavy rainfall.