A fast and furious Hurricane Michael sped toward the Florida Panhandle on Tuesday night with 130 miles per hour winds and a potential storm surge of 13 feet, giving tens of thousands of people precious little time to get out or board up.
"Outer band of Hurricane Michael coming ashore here", Jon Ward in Panama City said on Twitter.
Hurricane Florence - which wreaked havoc when it struck north and SC last month - only reached landfall speeds of 90mph.
Michael is the seventh hurricane of the year in the Atlantic Basin.
As Hurricane Michael gains strength and heads toward Florida, some are seeing an eerie sight popping up in satellite images from the center of the storm.a skull.
Forecasters said it could bring 3 to 6 inches (7 to 14 centimeters) of rain to Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia, triggering flash flooding in a corner of the country still recovering from Florence. Up to a foot of rainfall (30 cm) is forecast for some areas. A catastrophic event is expected on the Florida coast, where storm surges could reach 8-12 feet.
Michael intensified from a Category 3 storm early Wednesday, hours before its expected landfall in the afternoon.
She was unsure how well her old, wood-framed apartment block would hold up.
"I feel like that they should've provided something", she said.
A hurricane warning has been issued for the Alabama-Florida border to the Suwannee River, and a hurricane watch is in effect from the Alabama-Florida border to the Mississippi-Alabama border.
People in areas that could be affected should take no chances against such a powerful surge, Scott said, adding, "No one's going to survive", such a wall of water.
The center of Michael's eye is expected to move inland over the Florida Panhandle or Florida Big Bend area later today.
The Gulf of Mexico produces 17 percent of daily US crude oil output and 5 percent of daily natural gas output, according to the US Energy Information Administration.
Scott extended a state of emergency to 35 counties and activated 2,500 National Guardsmen.
The governor of Georgia has declared a state of emergency for 92 counties ahead of Hurricane Michael's landfall on October 10.
He also stressed the importance for residents to make sure to follow other hurricane preparation advice, including having fresh water, batteries, battery-powered radios, propane, flashlights, canned food, and handheld can openers on hand. Some 17,000 utility restoration workers were also on call.
In Panhandle counties, most state offices, schools and universities were closed for the rest of the week. Lines at gasoline stations grew as people left. Those who stayed emptied grocery store shelves of water and other supplies.
Only three major hurricanes have made landfall in the Panhandle since 1950: Eloise in 1975, Opal in 1995 and Dennis in 2005.