WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) — Hurricane Michael is on the cusp of a Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph winds. The threshold for a Category 3 is 111 mph winds.
According to the National Hurricane Center, hurricane hunters say Michael is still strengthening as it moves north-northwest over the Gulf of Mexico. Michael is expected to be a Category 3 storm before it makes landfall sometime Wednesday.
The storm is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge, hurricane force winds, and heavy rainfall along the northeastern Gulf Coast.
Gov. Scott said families should heed the warnings of emergency leaders and evacuate, saying Hurricane Michael could be the most destructive storm to hit the Florida Panhandle in decades.
"Prepare for major flooding in this storm," said Scott. "The National Hurricane Center is forecasting storm surge to be between 8 to 12 feet. That means the water will come miles inshore and could easily be over the roof of houses."
Also in the tropics, Tropical Storm Nadine formed with sustained winds of 40 mph.
Track the storms in the Hurricane Center.