Hurricane Michael, which is currently gaining strength in the Gulf of Mexico, has intensified to Category 4, “extremely dangerous”, and continues to move towards the US coast, reports the US National Hurricane Center.
At the moment, the hurricane is located 275 kilometers southwest of the US city of Apalachicola (Florida) and is moving north at a speed of 19 kilometers per hour. The maximum wind speed now reaches 209 kilometers per hour . The fifth category – the most dangerous – is assigned to hurricanes whose winds reach speeds of over 250 kilometers per hour.
US authorities warn Florida residents of the possibility of stormy winds, heavy rains and possible flooding as soon as the hurricane hits the earth. According to the NHC’s most recent warning, Michael could produce a “life-threatening ” storm surge of up to 4 meters and discharge up to 30 centimeters of rain at several locations in the state of Florida.
On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump declared the state of emergency in Florida and ordered federal assistance to complement the response efforts.