Storm surge from Hurricane Michael, forecast to hit the Florida Panhandle, began to hit beaches, including one in Destin.
Footage uploaded by Instagram user Cheryl Law shows the waves are approaching beachside buildings. “Michael is not even here yet in Destin! Wind is really picking up!” she wrote on Oct. 10.
The storm is slated to make landfall on the afternoon of Oct. 10. U.S. weather forecasters say the storm will bring 145 mph winds, enough to make it a Category 4 storm, and more than 10 feet of storm surge in some areas.
In its 11 a.m. ET update, the National Hurricane Center said the core of “extremely dangerous” Hurricane Michael is closing in on the Florida Panhandle, warning that winds, heavy rains, and storm surge are anticipated by the end of the day.
“Some strengthening is still possible before landfall. After landfall, Michael should weaken as it crosses the southeastern United States. Michael is forecast to become a post-tropical cyclone on Friday, and strengthening is forecast as the system moves over the western Atlantic,” the NHC said.
The NHC also warned that the storm could spawn tornadoes across northern Florida, Florida Panhandle, southern Georgia, and southern South Carolina.
The agency said there is a storm surge warning for Okaloosa/Walton County Line in Florida to Anclote River in Florida. A storm surge watch is in effect for Anclote River in Florida to Anna Maria Island in Florida, including Tampa Bay.
A hurricane warning is in effect for Alabama-Florida border to Suwannee River in Florida.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for Alabama-Florida border to the Mississippi-Alabama border, Suwanee River in Florida to Chassahowitzka in Florida, and North of Fernandina Beach in Florida to Surf City in North Carolina.
A tropical storm warning is now in effect for the North Carolina coast from Surf City to Duck.
A storm surge watch is now in effect for the coast of North Carolina from Ocracoke Inlet to Duck.