Hurricane Michael's aftermath

By Brian Ries, Veronica Rocha, Judson Jones, Paul P. Murphy and Joshua Berlinger, CNN
5:04 p.m. ET, October 12, 2018
9:00 a.m. ET, October 10, 2018

Florida governor: "This is the worst storm the Panhandle has seen in 100 years"

As Hurricane Michael approaches Florida, Governor Rick Scott is calling this “the worst storm" Florida's Panhandle has seen "in 100 years."

Here's what he just said at a briefing:

This is the worst storm the Florida panhandle has seen in more than 100 years. This is the worst storm that we have seen in century. Hurricane Michael is upon us, and now is the time to seek refuge.

He later added, "Along our coast, communities are going see unimaginable devastation... The Panhandle and Big Bend will see winds in excess of 145 miles an hour. Think about that. 145 miles an hour. Again, hurricane Michael is forecast to be the most destructive storm to hit the Florida Panhandle in a century."

9:01 a.m. ET, October 10, 2018

Michael just keeps getting stronger

Michael is not letting up.

From 7 a.m. ET to 8 a.m. ET the storm increased 5 mph in a single hour. 

Over the past 24 hours, Michael has "rapidly intensified" by 45 mph. It could increase even more.

Some additional strengthening is possible before landfall the National Hurricane Center stated in their 8 a.m. ET advisory.

What to watch for: If the storm reaches sustained winds of 157 mph, it will become a category 5. 

There is a chance this happens. There is also a chance that as the storm interacts with land, the storm could weaken. 

But it doesn't really matter. This major hurricane will likely be a catastrophic hurricane with life-threatening storm surge and winds.

8:48 a.m. ET, October 10, 2018

These two women are staying behind to help their neighbors

They didn't expect it to get to this, thinking Michael would be a Category 2 or 3 storm. But here they are, stuck in Panama City Beach, Florida, but they're not alone.

"There is so many people that live around where we're at that we're staying, we wanted to stay and make sure they're okay," one woman told us. "We realized they weren't going to leave and there were a lot of older people, a lot of people with animals, so we made the decision to try to stay."

8:36 a.m. ET, October 10, 2018

This is what Hurricane Michael looks like this morning

The storm is about to tear through Florida's Big Bend. The rising sun is giving us a glimpse of it's menacing eye as it spins offshore.

8:39 a.m. ET, October 10, 2018

What conditions to expect and where

From CNN's Brandon Miller

Here is a quick rundown of what to expect at some locations along the coast.


Panama City Beach

  • TS-Force winds (40mph+): Beginning now and lasting until nightfall
  • Hurricane Force winds (75mph+) begin: Just before Noon
  • Worst conditions: 12-6p
  • Rainfall Expected: 6-10”
  • Storm Surge Expected: 7-11 feet


  • TS-Force winds (40mph+): Already happening, lasting until nightfall (already had gusts over 50mph)
  • Hurricane Force winds (75mph+): Just before Noon
  • Worst conditions: 11a-6p
  • Rainfall Expected: 6-10”
  • Storm Surge Expected: 9-14 feet


  • TS-Force winds (40mph+): Beginning now, lasting until 8p
  • Hurricane Force winds (75mph+) begin: Around Noon
  • Worst conditions: 12p-6p
  • Rainfall Expected: 3-6”
  • Storm Surge Expected: 5-8 feet


  • TS-Force winds (40mph+) begin: In the next few hours, lasting until around 6pm
  • Hurricane Force winds (75mph+) begin: Not expected to reach hurricane force
  • Worst conditions: 12p-5p
  • Rainfall Expected: 1-2”
  • Storm Surge Expected: 2-4 feet


  • TS-Force winds (40mph+) begin: Wednesday afternoon, 2-3pm
  • Hurricane Force winds (75mph+) begin: Only when the center is passing around 6-8p
  • Worst conditions: 5p-10p
  • Rainfall Expected: 6-10”
  • Storm Surge Expected: N/A
8:29 a.m. ET, October 10, 2018

Flooding begins in Okaloosa County, Florida

The Okaloosa County Sheriffs Department says that onshore flooding has begun in the county. Hurricane Michael is still hours away from landfall.

8:27 a.m. ET, October 10, 2018

Ambulances positioned ahead of storm

Forces from across the state are mustering just outside the storm area. In Ocala, ambulances are already lining up, ready to help when the storm moves out of the area.

8:25 a.m. ET, October 10, 2018

3,500 National Guard members activated

Florida Governor Rick Scott told CNN's John Berman he's activated 3,500 National Guard members to respond to Hurricane Michael.

Some 1,000 people will be conducting search and rescue efforts; 19,000 people are in position to get the power back on to the affected areas.

8:04 a.m. ET, October 10, 2018

11 key things to know about this extremely dangerous hurricane

From CNN's Brandon Miller

If you're on the go and looking for a few takeaways for the state of the storm, it's these:

  1. Michael currently has maximum sustained winds of 140 mph, making it a dangerous Category 4.
  2. Further strengthening is expected, and landfall intensity is expected to be 145 mph or greater.
  3. Michael is currently located about 100 miles south of Panama City Beach, FL as of 7 a.m. ET eastern.
  4. Michael’s tropical storm force wind-field has moved into the Florida Panhandle and conditions will be deteriorating over the coast in the next several hours.
  5. Life-threatening storm surge up to 13 feet likely along the Panhandle and Big Bend coast, east of where the storm makes landfall.
  6. Flash flooding is also possible as rainfall totals from 6-10” will stretch from Florida panhandle into Southwestern Georgia
  7. Catastrophic wind damage will result in widespread power outages for millions.
  8. Hurricane Warnings stretch into Southwestern Georgia and cover nearly 4 million people.
  9. Tropical Storm Watches and Warnings extend all the way to the East Coast of Florida, GA and SC, covering an additional 28 million people.
  10. Hurricane-force winds will extend well inland, reaching into Georgia. Tropical-Storm-force winds will follow the storm through the Carolinas.
  11. Rainfall of 4-8” is expected to occur over the Carolinas, along with TS-Force winds, in areas hard hit by Florence last month.