Hurricane Michael intensified to an "extremely dangerous" category 4 storm on Wednesday as it roared towards the U.S. state of Florida, where it could blow ashore as the strongest storm to hit the country this year.
"This is your last chance to evacuate before conditions start deteriorating within the next few hours", Scott said. Tropical storm warnings are in effect for all of our viewing area.
"Minimal impact" is a lousy title for an action film but a good prediction for a hurricane, and that's what Storm Team 4 meteorologist Lauryn Ricketts said was coming to the D.C. area.
The storm is slated to make landfall on the afternoon of October 10. Hurricane Michael has already taken lives in Central America.
In addition to the powerful winds, Michael is also bringing the threat of unsafe storm surge that could reach up to four meters in some places.
It is believed Michael, a Category 3 storm, is poised to push ashore a "life-threatening" surge of water that will inundate those coastal areas.
More than 20 million people are under a hurricane watch or warning across five states (Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina).
Widespread heavy rainfall. Flash flooding possible.
Panama City Beach fire department chief Larry Couch said: "If they decide to stay, there will be a point where we can't get to them".
"Additional strengthening is expected, and Michael is forecast to be a major hurricane at landfall in Florida". He said flood-prone areas should pay attention to evacuation notices if rivers began to rise. The strongest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded - Wilma in 2005 - had a pressure reading of 882 mba.
The Gulf of Mexico is home to 17 per cent of daily US crude oil output and 5 per cent of daily natural gas output, according to the US Energy Information Administration.