Hurricane Michael’s wrath could already be felt in the Caribbean and in Central America.
Western Cuba has been hit by heavy rainfall and strong winds, and flooding related to Michael has already killed at least 13 people in Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador.
Hurricane Michael, spinning in the Gulf of Mexico as a category 2 storm Tuesday morning, is expected to reach Florida’s panhandle by Wednesday afternoon — threatening dangerous storm surges to low-lying areas — and officials are warning people to get out of the way now.
Tens of thousands of people were already told to evacuate coastal areas in at least 20 counties.
With Hurricane Michael forecasted to be the most destructive storm to hit the Florida panhandle in decades, Filipinos living along its path of destruction area making sure they’re stocked up, and prepared to survive its wrath.
About 3.7 million people are under hurricane warnings in the panhandle and big bend regions — as well as parts of southeastern Alabama and southern Georgia.
The governors of Florida, Alabama and Georgia have declared states of emergency to expedite aid to affected areas.