Michael is not letting up.
From 7 a.m. ET to 8 a.m. ET the storm increased 5 mph in a single hour.
Over the past 24 hours, Michael has “rapidly intensified” by 45 mph. It could increase even more.
Some additional strengthening is possible before landfall the National Hurricane Center stated in their 8 a.m. ET advisory.
What to watch for: If the storm reaches sustained winds of 157 mph, it will become a category 5.
There is a chance this happens. There is also a chance that as the storm interacts with land, the storm could weaken.
But it doesn’t really matter. This major hurricane will likely be a catastrophic hurricane with life-threatening storm surge and winds.