Hurricane Michael was upgraded to a Category 4 storm early Wednesday morning as it barrels toward Florida.

The storm is expected to make landfall along the Gulf Coast, some hours today, near the Florida Panhandle.

If reaches land as a Category 4 storm, it would be the strongest storm to hit the Florida Panhandle since 1851, according to

The National Weather Service in Tallahassee warned Florida residents living along the Gulf Coast that Wednesday morning is their last opportunity to evacuate.

"If you live along the coast and were told to evacuate...this is YOUR LAST CHANCE. Hurricane Michael is an unprecedented event and cannot be compared to any of our previous events. Do not risk your life, leave NOW if you were told to do so," the National Weather Service in Tallahassee tweeted.

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