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All eyes are on Hurricane Michael. Will it have an impact on Maine WEATHER Michael A Threat to Maine? All eyes are on Hurricane Michael. Will it have an impact on Maine
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Some additional strengthening is possible today before Michael makes landfall in the Florida Panhandle or the Florida Big Bend area.

The sinister-looking skull appeared briefly on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite images on Tuesday as the hurricane moved closer to the Florida Panhandle.

Hurricane Michael strengthened overnight into a risky category 4 hurricane, and is headed for Florida - the strongest storm to ever hit the Florida Panhandle.

"Impacts from Hurricane Michael along the Florida Panhandle will include a unsafe storm surge, flooding rainfall and damaging winds".

Wind gusts could range between 30-60 miles per hour, knocking down trees and power lines, causing widespread outages.

Some 120,000 people have been warned to evacuate along Florida's coast, where schools and state offices are to remain shut this week. Evacuations spanned 22 counties from the Florida Panhandle into north central Florida.

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Forecasters said it could gain even more strength in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico before reaching land.

"I guess it's the worst case scenario". I don't think anyone would have experienced this in the Panhandle, ' meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com said.

Downed trees will block access to roads and endanger individuals, as well as winds which cause structural damage to homes and businesses.

Florida Governor Rick Scott said Michael was expected to be "the most deadly, destructive storm to the Panhandle in decades". Mike Bettes, a meteorologist with The Weather Channel, noted on Twitter Wednesday morning that his crew was pulling out of Apalachicola, a small coastal community to the right of Michael's projected landfall that will likely bear the brunt of the storm's winds and surge. More than 5,000 National Guard soldiers have been put on alert. "If you don't follow warnings from officials this storm could kill you", said Scott, a Republican running for the U.S. Senate in November's congressional elections.

The storm will quickly move inland and race to the northeast through the Southeastern US, exiting the Mid-Atlantic and sliding south of New England before the weekend.

The Florida Disaster website on October 9 said that parts or all of Bay County, Citrus County, Franklin County, Dixie County, Gulf County, Jackson County, Levy County, Okaloosa County, Taylor County, Wakulla County, and Walton County have been issued mandatory evacuation orders.

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