International desk: Powerful Hurricane Michael is set to make landfall in Florida later on Wednesday, forcing mass evacuations in the southern US state.
A category three storm with winds near 125mph (200km/h), Michael is expected to strengthen further when it comes ashore at about midday (16:00 GMT).
More than 370,000 people in Florida have been ordered to evacuate and move to higher ground, according to BBC report.
Florida has declared a state of emergency, as have Alabama and Georgia. At least 13 people have reportedly died in Central America due to the storm.
In its bulletin, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) said: “Some further strengthening is expected overnight and on Wednesday, and Michael is forecast to become a category four hurricane before it makes landfall.”
The NHC warns that some regions of Florida may experience storm surges of up to 12ft (4m).
It said that at 03:00 GMT on Wednesday, the eye of the storm was about 220 miles south-west of Panama City, Florida. Michael is currently moving northwards at 12mph.