Hurricane Michael is strengthening as it enters the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to become a Category 3 storm by the time it reaches northern Florida on Wednesday.
It will probably be the area’s strongest hurricane in at least 13 years. Flooding rain and destructive winds are set to start on Tuesday night and continue through Wednesday.
“#Michael could be one of the worst hurricanes to ever strike the Florida Big Bend and Florida Panhandle region,” tweeted Rick Knabb, the Weather Channel’s hurricane expert. “We only have today and Tuesday to complete life-saving preparations.”
Weathermelon said on Monday morning that the locations in Florida and Georgia where it will likely hit are fall growing regions for tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, squash, eggplant and green beans.
“We would expect to see production out of these regions for the months of October and November,” it said.
Last month’s Hurricane Florence left surge flooding in North Carolina, record flooding in South Carolina as well as high tide in the coast of Virginia. The hurricane left a total of at least 49 dead in the three states, with North Carolina having the highest toll with 39 fatalities.