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Hurricane Michael reaches Category 2, threatens southern US

AFP  |  Miami 

Hurricane Michael strengthened to a Category 2 storm with 100-mile-per-hour winds on Tuesday as Florida's warned it could bring "total devastation" to parts of the state.

The storm -- currently located over the -- is sweeping toward the coast at around 12 miles per hour and is expected to make landfall on Wednesday, bringing with it "life threatening" storm surges and heavy rainfall, the said.

"It is a monstrous storm and the forecast (keeps) getting more dangerous," said. "The time to prepare is now." It "poses a deadly threat and as it grows stronger, we can expect it make landfall as a major Category 3 storm," said Scott, warning that it "could bring total devastation to parts of our state, especially in the panhandle."

A hurricane warning was up across the panhandle, a low-lying area of beachfront resort and retirement communities on Forecasters warned of coastal flooding with storm surge and tides projected to raise water levels by as much as eight to 12 feet in some areas.

Rainfall of four to eight inches, and as much as a foot in isolated areas, "could lead to life-threatening floods," according to the NHC, which also warned that the storm's approach could spawn tornados in

Michael was forecast to have the power to uproot trees, block roads and knock out power for days by the time it hits Florida Wednesday. It is expected to weaken as it moves up into the southeastern

said Tuesday that he has been in contact with officials about the incoming storm -- which he termed "a big one" -- and that the government, including the (FEMA), was ready.

"We are very well prepared. FEMA's ready. We're all ready. Spoke with Scott, spoke to everybody that you have to speak to," Trump told journalists at the

The are still recovering from Hurricane Florence, which left dozens dead and is estimated to have caused billions of dollars in damage last month. It made landfall on the coast as a Category 1 hurricane on September 14 and drenched some parts of the state with 40 inches of rain.

Last year saw a string of catastrophic storms batter the western Atlantic -- including Irma, Maria and Hurricane Harvey -- causing a record-equaling $125 billion in damage when it flooded the metropolitan area.

Scientists have long warned that global warming will make cyclones more destructive, and some say the evidence for this may already be visible. At their most fearsome, these low-pressure weather fronts pack more power than the released by the atomic bomb that levelled

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First Published: Tue, October 09 2018. 22:15 IST