Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 9:27am
Satellite imagery of Hurricane Michael with a ring of lightning around the eyewall early Wednesday morning.PHILLIP PAPPIN VIA TWITTER/NOAA GOES-16

My 25 years of experience as a research meteorologist placed an uncomfortable feeling in my stomach as I monitored Hurricane Michael before going to bed. The hurricane rapidly intensified to a dangerous Category 4 storm. It is tracking toward the Florida Panhandle with plenty of warm water in its path before a Wednesday afternoon landfall. The National Weather Service (NWS) Tallahassee Office tweeted a warning that clearly articulates the dire nature of Hurricane Michael. The message reads,Unprecedented Event Unfolding...We searched the historical database for category 4 hurricanes that have made landfall in the Florida panhandle and Big Bend. This map says it all - it's BLANK - this situation has NEVER happened before.

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