HURRICANE Michael is expected to smash into Florida within hours, bringing "possibly catastrophic" destruction to the Florida Panhandle. A live webcam from Tallahassee is capturing the arrival of the "monster" Category 4 storm.
Hurricane Michael is on track to make landfall this afternoon putting the Florida Panhandle at the mercy of the Category 4 storm.
Florida Governor Rick Scott has warned residents evacuation time has "come and gone" and they should "hunker down" to prepare for the impact of the hurricane.
Speaking to CNN, Governor Scott said: "You’ve got to hunker down, you’ve got to do everything you can and don’t go out in the middle of this thing.
"It’s dangerous out there and so I’ve called 3,500 members of the National Guard, I have 1,000 people ready to do search and rescue, I have 19,000 people ready to work to get the power back on but we are right in the middle of this thing. You’ve got to do everything you can now to be safe. It’s too late to get on the road."
Writing on Twitter, Mr Scott urged Floridians who remained in the evacuation one to "seek refuge immediately": "The time for evacuation along the coast has come and gone. First responders will not be able to come out in the middle of the storm. If you chose to stay in the evacuation zone, you must SEEK REFUGE IMMEDIATELY."
The Florida Governor warned on Monday Hurricane Michael would develop into a "monster" storm which could have "potentially catastrophic" effects on the US state.
He said: "It’s a big storm. It’s a massive storm. We haven’t seen anything like this in the Panhandle in decades."