Hurricane strengthens, aims for Florida

National News

October 9, 2018 - 10:53 AM

MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Michael intensified into a Category 2 over warm Gulf of Mexico waters today amid fears it would strike Florida on Wednesday as an even stronger hurricane.

Mandatory evacuations were issued as beach dwellers rushed to board up homes just ahead of what could be a devastating hit.

A hurricane hunter plane that bounced into the swirling eye off the western tip of Cuba found wind speeds rising. By 8 a.m. today, top winds had reached 100 mph, and it was forecast to strengthen into a “major” hurricane, with winds topping 111 mph.

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