A truck drives along a road in Alligator Point, Florida, that has been washed out by Hurricane Michael on Wednesday, October 10.

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Updated 1:21 PM ET, Wed October 10, 2018

A truck drives along a road in Alligator Point, Florida, that has been washed out by Hurricane Michael on Wednesday, October 10.

Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Hurricane Michael, a dangerous Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph, is beginning to lash the Florida Panhandle.

“This is the worst storm that our Florida Panhandle has seen in a century,” Gov. Rick Scott said.

The hurricane strengthened rapidly over the Gulf of Mexico after hitting Central America and western Cuba earlier this week. Officials have issued mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders in at least 22 counties on the Florida Gulf Coast.