The Wall Street Journal: Hurricane Michael upgraded to Category 3 as it bears down on Florida Panhandle

Hurricane Michael gathered steam over the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday while moving toward the Florida Panhandle, which is bracing for fierce winds and life-threatening flooding.

Michael is forecast to strike the Florida coast with tropical-storm winds as early as Tuesday night, before making landfall on Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center said. The storm was upgraded Tuesday afternoon to a Category 3, with maximum-sustained winds of 120 miles per hour.

BREAKING: #Hurricane#Michael is now a Category 3 with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph. Preparations should be rushed to completion on Florida Panhandle. pic.twitter.com/0ZHJPwt4Ag

— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) October 9, 2018

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