Hurricane Michael intensified Tuesday as it barreled toward the Florida coast, becoming a major Category 3 storm capable of “devastating damage” which the state’s governor warned could be the worst in decades.

Michael packed winds of 120 miles per hour (195 kilometers per hour) as it aimed for the Florida Panhandle, the finger-shaped strip of land on the Gulf of Mexico.

The storm was expected to make landfall on Wednesday afternoon, bringing hurricane force winds, a “life-threatening storm surge” and heavy rainfall, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Rick Knabb, a former NHC head, urged locals in Michael’s path to waste no time in evacuating.

“#Michael could be one of the worst hurricanes to ever strike the Florida Big Bend/Florida Panhandle region,” he warned….
Source: Seychelles News Agency