Another major storm is barrelling up the Gulf of Mexico toward the Florida panhandle and southern Mississippi and Georgia. Hurricane Michael is the second major storm to hit the United States this season after Hurricane Florence. Some areas are still struggling after Hurricane Maria in 2017.
It’s been 13 years since a hurricane of this size hit the Florida panhandle, so there’s an entire group of Floridians who may not have experienced a storm of this force before.
Here are some of the most shocking and frightening facts and photos about the storm that is about to hit the U.S.:
An estimated 20 million people in five states are going to be forced to endure this storm:
— Edward Kim (@redskinsblitz) October 9, 2018
If it doesn’t turn to go out to sea and continues to skirt the eastern united states and hurt even more coastal towns:
— EcoInternet (@EcoInternet3) October 10, 2018
It’s gaining wind speed and power as it quickly developed faster than expected:
— NOAA Satellites PA (@NOAASatellitePA) October 9, 2018
Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) called it a “deadly” and “dangerous” storm and told people to “get out” while they can.
Hurricane Michael will be here TONIGHT. This is your LAST CHANCE to get prepared for this monstrous and deadly storm. The state is not taking this storm lightly and neither should any family.
— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) October 9, 2018
He’s not making it up. He’s getting it from forcasters who are releasing updates calling the storm “devastating.”
— Bay News 9 Weather (@bn9weather) October 10, 2018
Storm surges could reach 9-13 FEET:
9-13 foot storm surge is deadly. Heed all evacuation orders while you still can. pic.twitter.com/ViEt7YifYj
— NortheastWeatherWx (@NEWeatherWx) October 10, 2018
The seas are already rough and it’s still 125 miles off the coast:
— Nathan Sawyer (@NathanSawyer8) October 9, 2018
The Waffle House has already closed. That’s actually a factor used by FEMA to measure the severity of storms. Read more about it here.
— Travis Ragsdale (@TravisRagsdale) October 9, 2018
It kinda looks like an angry rooster:
— Scott McGee (@JScottMcGee) October 9, 2018
As usual, the good people of social media had to take weather radars and turn it into something sexualized.
— Stros Bros (@StrosBros1) October 9, 2018