Tropical storm Michael: Florida declares STATE of EMERGENCY ahead of risky hurricane

10 October, 2018, 16:31 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Potential Tropical Cyclone Could Hit The US This Week

It is expected to move into Middle Georgia, potentially, as a tropical storm by late Wednesday or Thursday.

In the Washington DC region we are expecting a plume of deep tropical moisture associated with Michael to enhance our threat of rain, showers & t-storms Thursday ahead of a cold front. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days.

Scott warned that Michael could reach land as a Category 2 hurricane, with winds in excess of 100 miles per hour.

According to the 5 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Michael was close to becoming a hurricane. Rough surf as well as gusty winds and heavy rain will occur along the Gulf Coast as early as Tuesday.

According to the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Depression 14 is expected to strengthen into a hurricane before making landfall in the western Florida Panhandle on Wednesday.

Rainfall: the low is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 3 to 7 inches over western Cuba and 2 to 4 inches over the Yucatan Peninsula, Belize, and northern Honduras through Tuesday.

Despite approaching Florida from the Gulf Coast side, Tropical Storm Michael is expected to have some impact on Northeast Florida. MS 20-45 miles per hour Tuesday and Wednesday.


Tropical storm Michael formed in the Caribbean yesterday and nearly immediately meteorologists were warning of a hurricane Michael landfall in the Florida Panhandle area of the Gulf Coast around the middle of this week.

Michael, now a Category 1 hurricane slashing Cuba, is forecast to be a "dangerous major hurricane" when it smacks the US Gulf Coast on Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center said. Storms with winds of at least 111 miles per hour are designated as "major" hurricanes.

As of 5:00 pm EDT, Tropical Storm Michael is about 190 miles south southwest of Cuba with sustained winds of 50 mph.

A Tropical Storm Watch was issued from Suwannee River to Anna Maria Island, which also includes Tampa Bay.

"If you decide to stay in your home and a tree falls on your house or the storm surge catches you and you're now calling for help, there's no one that can respond to help you", Morgan said. Although this storm is moving slow, it is forecast to increase in speed once it reaches the Gulf of Mexico.

An Air Force hurricane hunter airplane was sent into the storm to investigate, the hurricane center said.

Scott said the Florida Panhandle, southeast Alabama and southern Georgia will see 4 to 8 inches, with isolated areas facing 12 inches. Andrew Gillum, the Democratic mayor of Tallahassee who is vying to succeed Scott as the state's governor, has called off campaign events on Monday and Tuesday to focus on storm preparation, CNN reported.

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