Hurricane Michael took aim at the Florida Panhandle Wednesday with the threat of catastrophic surges of sea water and roof-shredding winds, and is expected to be the worst hurricane ever recorded in the region.
The wall of the storm's eye began coming ashore between St. Vincent Island and Panama City, Florida at about 1 p.m. EDT, the National Hurricane Center said, with full landfall expected soon after.
In the Florida Panhandle town of Alligator Point, waves crashed over roads depositing debris as wind and rain bent trees.
Michael was carrying winds as high as 150 mph (241 kph), making it a dangerous Category 4 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale. The storm could drive sea water levels as high as 14 feet (4.3 meters) above normal in some areas, the hurricane center said.