CNN-Michael could be the worst storm in Florida panhandle history. The hurricane is packing winds of 145 mph. Michael is simply a monster storm.
CNN-Even those jaded by hurricanes have never seen anything like this.
For the first time, a Category 4 hurricane is on track to slam the Florida Panhandle. And it's bringing an onslaught of deadly hazards.
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"Unfortunately, this is a hurricane of the worst kind," said Brock Long, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Michael rapidly intensified to a Category 4 hurricane overnight. By Wednesday morning, it was hurling 145-mph winds.
Even scarier, Michael could get stronger before making landfall Wednesday afternoon.
The storm will likely bring "winds that are above typical building codes," Long said.
Florida's Panhandle is covered with thousands of pine trees. And with winds topping 140, those trees could turn into violent projectiles.
"You get those kinds of winds, it's catastrophic damage to the trees' structure," Graham said.
And with downed trees come power outages.
"This could bring down thousands and thousands of those pine trees here -- not only making all the damage along the coast, but inland as well," CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said.
Graham said because this storm is "absolutely overwhelming," power outages could last weeks. Read the rest of the story at CNN.