Hurricane Michael, which became a Category 2 storm Tuesday, is on track to slam into the Florida Panhandle by midweek.

The National Hurricane Center's intensity forecast predicts that the storm will be a Category 3 major hurricane when it makes landfall Wednesday, bringing with it the threat of life-threatening storm surge, damaging winds, heavy rainfall, and flooding.

Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who called Michael a "monstrous hurricane," declared a state of emergency in dozens of counties, ordered mandatory evacuations along the panhandle, and has activated hundreds of National Guards members. says Michael may be the strongest storm to hit Florida's Panhandle Gulf Coast in 12 years.

The latest hurricane to threaten the U.S. comes a little more than a month after Hurricane Florence made landfall over the Carolinas and caused an immense amount of devastation with a deluge of rain and flooding.