National Hurricane Center branch chief Michael Brennan monitors the status of Hurricane Michael, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, at the Hurricane Center in Miami. At least 120,000 people along the Florida Panhandle were ordered to clear out Tuesday as Hurricane Michael rapidly picked up steam in the Gulf of Mexico and closed in with winds of 110 mph (175 kph) and a potential storm surge of 12 feet (3.7 meters). (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Volunteers install fabric storm panels at Pensacola Beach Elementary School, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018 in Pensacola, Fla. Hurricane Matthew is strengthening over the Gulf of Mexico and expected to make landfall in Florida’s Panhandle or Big Bend area on Wednesday. Mandatory evacuations are in effect for coastal and low lying areas of the Florida Panhandle. ( Tony Giberson/Pensacola Beach News Journal via AP)/Palm Beach Post via AP)
From left, Haskel Johnson, Daniel Tippett, Jennifer Tippett and Nobuko Johnson fill sand bags at the Lynn Haven Sports Complex in Lynn Haven, Fla., Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, to prepare for Hurricane Michael. (Patti Blake /News Herald via AP)
David Hayes boards up a window at this home in Panama City, Fla., as Hurricane Michael approaches on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018. (Joshua Boucher/News Herald via AP)
Surfers paddle past the St.Andrews State Park Pier Tuesday, Oct.9, 2018, at Panama City Beach, Fla. (Patti Blake/News Herald via AP)
Xavier McKenzie puts a twenty pound bag of ice into his family’s car in Panama City, Fla., as Hurricane Michael approaches on Tuesday, Oct.9, 2018. He and his family do not live in a storm surge area, and instead prepared for losing power for days. (Joshua Boucher/News Herald via AP)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A fast and furious Hurricane Michael sped toward the Florida Panhandle on Tuesday with 120 mph winds and a potential storm surge of 13 feet, giving tens of thousands of people precious little time to get out or board up.