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Florida State adjusts athletic schedules because of Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael Strengthens As It Rapidly Approaches Florida

"Cameras outside the International Space Station captured views of Hurricane Michael at 12:13 p.m. and 12:50 p.m. EDT Oct. 9 from an altitude of 255 miles as the storm churned over the Gulf of Mexico moving northwest at 12 miles an hour", NASA said in a video description. He declared a state of emergency in 35 counties.

As with many similar mega-storms in this age of climate change and extreme weather, an "ominous" Hurricane Michael is heading for USA landfall on Wednesday alongside grave warnings of destruction with weather experts and government officials raising last-minute alarms for people to seek shelter or flee vulnerable areas before the storm hits.

Residents in Florida and neighboring states have been told to leave their homes ahead of the devastating weather.

Hurricaene Michael is expected to be "extremely dangerous" by meteorologists.

Tallahassee´s Democratic Mayor Andrew Gillum, who is campaigning to succeed Scott as governor in next month´s elections, suspended his campaign and returned to the state capital to oversee storm preparations.

The hurricane is 90 miles south-west of Panama City as of 8am eastern time.

Rainfall is expected to total 10 to 20 centimeters in parts of Florida, Alabama and Georgia during the next few days.

"Hurricane Michael is a monstrous storm".

Florida State adjusts athletic schedules because of Hurricane Michael

Winds of that magnitude can inflict substantial damage to roofs and walls of even well-constructed homes, according to the National Weather Service.

He added that it is predicted to be "the most destructive storm to hit the Florida panhandle in decades".

Blake also said he hoped that everyone had left the coast along the Florida Panhandle, as this was a "near-worst case" scenario for the region.

By late Tuesday, Michael was causing major disruptions to US oil and gas production as it churned north, gathering greater strength over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency for the entire state of Florida, freeing up federal assistance to supplement state and local disaster response.

Scott said that he's called up 2,500 members of the National Guard to assist, and has more than 1,000 rescuers at the ready.

Five drilling rigs have been moved out of the storm's path, according to the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.

At least 13 storm-related deaths have been reported in El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua.

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