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The category 4 storm is expected to bring catastrophic storm surge and destructive winds.

By Marisa Spyker

The Florida panhandle is bracing for the storm of a lifetime. As Hurricane Michael inches closer to the coast, hurricane warnings have been issued from Pensacola to Cedar Key and up into Southern Georgia and Alabama, with wind speeds expected to top 130 mph.

The category 4 storm is a historic one for the serene stretch of coastline—the strongest hurricane ever to come ashore here according to records dating to 1851. And as it makes its turbulent entrance, those famously calm, clear Gulf waters are getting more than a shakeup. Live beach cams typically designed to lure vacationers to the waterfront paradise are now serving as windows into storm’s destruction.

Overlooking white sand beaches and the pier that houses Panama City Beach’s Pineapple Willy’s, one video feed is capturing gray skies and rising seawater:

Pineapple Willy's Beach Cam

Pineapple Willy's Beach Cam

Posted by Pineapple Willy's Restaurant on Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Winds also appear to be picking up outside of Destin’s The Crab Trap:

Live on the beach in Destin for hurricane Michael

Live from the Crab Trap in Destin, Florida for Hurricane Michael. Check out www.FiveStarGulfRentals.com to plan your vacation after the storm passes.

Posted by Destin Beach Cams on Wednesday, October 10, 2018

At Okaloosa Island, rough surf is seen beyond a lifeguard stand:

Live from Okaloosa Islane

LIVE from Okaloosa Island. Hurricane Michael is really starting to kick up! Plan your vacation at www.FiveStarGulfRentals.com and enjoy our beaches once the storm passes!

Posted by Destin Beach Cams on Wednesday, October 10, 2018

For the latest updates on Hurricane Michael, follow the National Hurricane Center. And to help those affected by the storm, consider donating to the Red Cross.