(Daily Mail) Mass evacuations have been ordered as a ‘monstrous’ Hurricane Michael strengthened into a Category 2 storm with top wind speeds of 100 mph as it continued to intensify on its path toward the Florida Panhandle.

Michael was located about 395 miles south of Panama City, Florida as of 8am on Tuesday with authorities warning the ‘serious and life-threatening’ storm could grow to a Category 3 before it slams ashore on Wednesday.

Mandatory evacuation orders went into effect Tuesday morning for some 120,000 people in Panama City Beach and across other low-lying parts of the coast as the hurricane approaches.

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