Hurricane Michael has now strengthened into a Category 2 storm with top wind speeds of 100 mph. Mass evacuations are taking place with as many as 120,000 people trying to flee the storm.
Florida Governor Rick Scott called Michael a ‘monstrous hurricane’ and declared a state of emergency for 35 Florida counties.
‘Hurricane Michael is a monster storm and it keeps getting more dangerous. We’re 12 hours away from seeing impacts. The time to prepare is now,’ Scott told a news conference on Tuesday.
‘The window of time to prepare is closing. This is a serious and life-threatening situation – don’t take any chances. If you have been told to evacuate, leave.’