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

By Marisa Spyker
NOAA/AP

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:

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

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

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.