Hurricane Michael remained a very dangerous Category 3 storm Wednesday night, hours after it landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida, as the strongest hurricane ever to hit that part of the state in recorded history.
“The nation has watched as this storm has devastated the Panhandle,” Florida Gov. Rick Scott said on Wednesday evening, but he promised: “Hurricane Michael cannot break Florida.”
Information on casualties wasn’t immediately available, emergency officials said after the storm crossed land as a Category 4 storm about 20 miles southeast of Panama City at around 1:30 p.m. ET with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph.
“THIS IS A WORST CASE SCENARIO for the Florida Panhandle!! Listen to your local emergency officials. Stay Inside & Survive,” the National Weather Service tweeted, quoting Director Louis Uccullini.
“We expect conditions across the Panhandle to begin deteriorating rapidly,” Florida Gov. Rick Scott said. “Now the storm is here. It is not safe to travel across the Panhandle.”