Category 4 storm: Hurricane Michael hits Florida coast

Category 4 storm: Hurricane Michael hits Florida coast
Category 4 storm: Hurricane Michael hits Florida coast

The National Hurricane Center has said Hurricane Michael is making landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida, as a catastrophic Category 4 Hurricane, pushing a deadly storm surge and whipping the coast with 155 mph (250 kph) winds.

 The National Hurricane Center, explained that the eye of the storm touched a land near Mexico Beach, Florida on Tuesday afternoon.

According to BBC news 370,000 people in Florida has been ordered to evacuate of which many have not fled.

Florida Governor Rick Scott has warned that the Hurricane would be the worst storm to hit the Panhandle in a century. "Unlike any storm that we have had in anybody's memory." He said.

Governor Scott added that this hurricane will inflict serious damage across central and southern Georgia, and he's calling on people to protect themselves, their families, and anyone who needs assistance.

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So far, 13 people reportedly died in Central America over the weekend as a result of storm rains and floods.

Minutes earlier, Michael's eyewall came ashore between Panama City and St. Vincent Island, and the hurricane center warned everyone inside the relative calm of the eye not to venture outside.

More than 1,200 evacuees are staying in Georgia state parks, which are waiving entrance fees for those seeking shelter.

The storm is expected to move quickly up the US East Coast, dumping rains on regions that are already saturated from Hurricane Florence last month.

In their latest advisory, the National Hurricane Center warned coastal residents "not to venture out into the relative calm of the eye, as hazardous winds will increase very quickly as the eye passes".