(FOX) — Hurricane Michael, a “monstrous” storm churning with 155 mph winds, roared ashore on the Florida Panhandle Wednesday afternoon as the most powerful storm on record to strike the region.

Michael made landfall shortly after 1 p.m. ET just northwest of Mexico Beach, located just outside of Panama City, National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham told Fox News’ Shepard Smith.

The storm, described by forecasters as “unprecedented,” exploded from a tropical depression over the weekend to the cusp of Category 5 — 1 mph away — Wednesday, fueled by warm water in the Gulf of Mexico.

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