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Hurricane Michael Gains Strength as It Takes Aim at North Florida

October 10, 2018 12:13 AM
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Hurricane Michael strengthened to a Category 3 storm over the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday while bearing down on the Florida Panhandle, which was bracing for fierce winds and life-threatening flooding.

The storm was expected to begin lashing the coast with tropical-storm force as soon as Tuesday night. Michael was then forecast to make landfall on Wednesday as a major hurricane, meaning at least Category 3 force, the National Hurricane Center said. A storm with that power hasn’t struck the Florida...

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