Mandatory evacuation orders were issued for residents of barrier islands, mobile homes and low-lying coastal areas in Gulf, Wakulla and Bay counties.
In Florida, state offices, schools and universities were set to close on October 9 through the end of the week in panhandle counties.
7A.M. The Tuesday morning update from the National Hurricane Center reports that Michael is now a catergory 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour.
The storm is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and heavy rain to there on Wednesday, and then it heads inland toward Georgia and the Carolinas.
The storm is already lashing Cuba with strong winds and heavy rains.
Heavy rains and flash-flooding over the weekend caused 13 deaths in Central America after Michael formed off the coast of northern Honduras.
"Hurricane Michael is forecast to become a major hurricane and it will produce wide-spread power outages and debris that will challenge our response and recovery in the southern and Wiregrass counties".
Michael officially a hurricane, tropical storm effects expected in Chatham County
By declaring a State of Emergency, Governor Ivey is directing the activation of the Alabama Emergency Operations Plan.
As with any hurricane that makes landfall, there will be the risk of tornadoes being spawned.
An are of low pressure in the far western Caribbean is expected to develop into a tropical depression or even a tropical storm on Sunday.
Winds of 15 to 25 knots with gusts prompted Monday's Small Craft Advisory on South Florida waters.
NBC2 First Alert Meteorologist Allyson Rae will be reporting live from Panama City, Florida Wednesday morning starting at 4:30 a.m.
In Bay County, Florida, where 120,000 people were ordered to evacuate, the school district tweeted that the decision to cancel school wasn't made lightly, but so many families have heeded the warnings to flee.
Another national, Neil Fung, said the storm looks like " a major one".
A hurricane warning - meaning hurricane conditions are possible within 36 hours - is in effect from the Alabama-Florida border to the Suwannee River in Florida, the National Hurricane Center said. He urged residents to quickly wrap up final storm preparations Monday, calling it a "monstrous storm" with great destructive potential.More news: Meet the Man With the Same Name as Brett Kavanaugh