Fox Business Network correspondent Jeff Flock braved the fierce winds and driving rain of Hurricane Michael in Panama City Beach, Florida on Wednesday.

The monstrous Category 4 storm is bearing down on the Florida Panhandle with wind gusts up to 175 miles per hour and is expected to bring a 14- to 15-foot storm surge to the area.

Flock reported from outside a hotel as palm trees around him bent sideways. He said that conditions are expected to worsen in the coming hours as the storm makes landfall. 


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Fox News meteorologist Janice Dean warned of the catastrophic hurricane, saying it resembles Hurricane Katrina in size and ferocity. 

"People will die if they have not moved away from the coast," she warned.

Flock added that there are still vehicles on the roads, but primarily law enforcement.

"Everybody's hunkered down, we're watching for debris," he said. "We're in good shape."


UPDATE, 3:00pm ET: Flock and Rick Leventhal joined Shepard Smith again during Fox News' special live coverage of Hurricane Michael. 

Flock tried to make his way down to the beach in Panama City Beach as his live video feed went in and out due to the powerful winds, the strongest ever to hit the Florida Panhandle.

The National Weather Service called the storm "the worst case scenario" for Florida, as the storm rapidly picked up strength in the last few days. 


Watch live video of Hurricane Michael below.



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