At a Category 4 designation, Michael will be the strongest storm to ever hit the Florida Panhandle since reliable record-keeping began, according to Channel 2 Action News. It is expected to make landfall Wednesday and churn through Georgia later Wednesday and Thursday.
The governor said he’s not putting in place a mandatory evacuation because “we trust the judgment of Georgians” to do what’s best for them.
“They should take whatever preparations are available for them to prepare for the storm and have supplies on hand, to weather the duration of the aftermath of the storm when it passes through,” he said, listing shelters that will be open for those who choose to leave.
“We’re trying to do everything we can to help them,” he added. “Power loss is going to be one of the huge concerns for trying to get back to normalcy.”
The Category 4 storm is making a beeline for the Florida Panhandle and is expected to bring a “life-threatening storm surge,” hurricane-force winds and heavy rainfall, according to the National Hurricane Center.
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