US President Donald Trump described Hurricane Michael as «one of the biggest storms ever to hit our country» at a signing ceremony in Washington D.C. on Wednesday. «I want to give an update on the really devastating storm bearing down on Florida,» Trump told attendees. «It's moving rapidly and it's at a very high level. Some are saying it's one of the biggest storms ever to hit our country... Еще.» The president also said he was in contact with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and representatives at a state level in Florida, Georgia and Alambama. The category four storm rapidly evolved from a tropical depression into a hurricane, with winds reaching 150 m/h (240km/h). Some regions of Florida will experience storm surges of up to 14ft (4m) and flash floods are expected in torrential rain. Authorities have urged local residents to evacuate or take shelter, but many have reportedly not fled. It is the third strongest storm to come ashore in the continental United States and the strongest October hurricane since records began.