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Updated at 5:30 a.m. ET Thursday

Tropical Storm Michael is weakening as it churns across south-central Georgia.

On Wednesday, Michael was the strongest hurricane to make landfall in the continental U.S. in more than a quarter-century, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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As the Florida Panhandle deals with what is expected to be one of the most destructive hurricanes ever to hit the state, statistics show Florida is among the states hit hardest by hurricanes.

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Because of the possible effects some areas of the First Coast may see from Hurricane Michael some schools have announced closures or cancellations.

Florida State College at Jacksonville

FSCJ is closing  at 4 p.m. Wednesday.  All classes after 4 p.m. are canceled at all campuses. A decision about Thursday classes will be announced via FSCJ email and social media outlets by 6 a.m. on Thursday. 

Edward Waters College

Jacksonville Firefighters In Panhandle To Help Communities Deal With Hurricane Michael

Oct 10, 2018
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Fifty-eight Jacksonville firefighters headed to Florida’s Panhandle Tuesday to help communities impacted when Hurricane Michael comes ashore.

Gov. Rick Scott said Wednesday morning that time has run out for people in coastal areas who debated whether to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Michael, as the powerful Category 4 storm was poised to cause massive damage in the Panhandle.

“It’s too late to get out,” Scott said during an appearance on the Weather Channel. “If you’re in a coastal community, you’ve got to hunker down. You’ve got to do everything you can to keep your family safe.”

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St. Augustine residents can report street flooding and clogged storm drains online as they face potential high winds, heavy rain and above-average high tides brought on by Hurricane Michael.

Updated at 2:00 a.m. ET Wednesday

Hurricane Michael has grown into a Category 4 hurricane, with sustained winds reaching 130 mph, as it barrels toward northwestern Florida, making it a much stronger storm than Hurricane Florence was when it made landfall as a Category 1 storm drenching the Carolinas last month, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Updated at 11:55 p.m. ET

Hurricane Michael is expected to strengthen rapidly over the next 24 to 36 hours and will be "a dangerous major hurricane when it reaches the northeastern Gulf Coast on Wednesday," the National Hurricane Center says.

The storm achieved hurricane status with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph Monday morning, triggering warnings of a life-threatening storm surge that could hit the Florida Gulf Coast. Later in the day, its sustained winds topped 90 mph, with stronger gusts.

Hurricane Michael is intensifying rapidly, and now a strong Category 2 storm with winds up to 110 mph. The storm is expected to become a Major Hurricane later today as it accelerates north through the Gulf of Mexico.

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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is encouraging everyone in Duval County to stay alert and informed as Hurricane Michael makes its way toward Florida's Gulf Coast.

Michael became a hurricane Monday morning and is expected to strengthen before striking the Florida Panhandle later this week.

However, AAA does not currently expect the storm to have a direct impact on gasoline supplies or prices at the pump in Florida.

Gov. Rick Scott on Monday warned residents of the Panhandle and the Big Bend region to “seriously” plan for the impact of the rapidly developing Hurricane Michael, which is expected to reach Florida by mid-week with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph.

St. Augustine Officials Say Brace For Potential Flooding From Michael

Oct 8, 2018

Despite approaching Florida from the Gulf Coast side, Hurricane Michael is expected to have some impact on Northeast Florida.

Floridians from the Emerald Coast to the Nature Coast are urged to review their hurricane plan and be prepared to act on it within a couple of days.

Gov. Rick Scott on Sunday declared a state of emergency in Northwest Florida as a looming hurricane threatens to hammer the region in the middle of the week.

Scott said during a 6 p.m. news conference that he declared an emergency in 26 counties in the Panhandle and the Big Bend --- generally areas surrounding Tallahassee --- because of a storm in the Gulf of Mexico that became Tropical Storm Michael on Sunday.

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