Florida is bracing for Hurricane Michael, a recently upgraded Category 2 storm that is expected to make landfall across the state’s panhandle region, bringing with it a possible foot of rain and 100 mile-per-hour winds.
The storm has already proved to be deadly. Michael’s heavy rains, along with other storm systems in the area, have been blamed on 13 deaths throughout Central America, including fatalities in Honduras, Nicaragua, and El Salvador.
Satellite imagery from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows Michael’s immense size relative to Florida. Governor Rick Scott underscored the severity of it potential dange at a news conference today (Oct. 9): “The storm surge is absolutely deadly. Do not think you can survive it.”