Powerful Hurricane Michael was hours away from smashing into Florida's northwestern shore on Wednesday with a wall of water and roof-shredding winds, and the state's governor said it would be the worst hurricane to hit the region in a century.
US authorities told residents along the affected areas of Florida's Gulf of Mexico coast that they had run out of time to evacuate and
should hunker down.
A very dangerous Category 4 storm on five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, Michael strengthened as it moved north over the Gulf of Mexico and by 8 a.m. ET (1200 GMT) was carrying top winds of 145 miles per hour (230 km per hour), the US National Hurricane Center said.