LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY)- Crews with Lafayette Utilities are gearing up to head east to assist with relief efforts expected in the wake of Hurricane Michael, which is expected to make landfall as a Category 3 storm later this week.
(USA TODAY)- Hurricane Michael is heading for a landfall as a major hurricane with 115-mph winds along the Gulf Coast on Wednesday, prompting a hurricane warning for the region.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Michael is a “monstrous storm” that has the potential to devastate the Florida Panhandle.
“Michael could be one of the worst hurricanes to ever strike the Florida Big Bend and Florida Panhandle region,” warned Weather Channel hurricane expert Rick Knabb.
Maximum sustained winds increased to nearly 80 mph with higher gusts, the National Hurricane Center said. Steady to rapid strengthening is expected for the next day or so. Michael is forecast to become a major hurricane by Tuesday or Tuesday night and should make landfall Wednesday afternoon or evening.