Evolving storm Michael expected to slam Florida as hurricane

Evolving storm Michael expected to slam Florida as hurricane

Evolving storm Michael expected to slam Florida as hurricane

Forecasters say it could become a unsafe Category 2 hurricane by the time of an expected midweek landfall on the Gulf Coast in the Florida Panhandle.

Forecasters say Michael could move inland over the Florida Panhandle or Big Bend area Wednesday.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) says that Tropical Storm Michael was nearly a hurricane early Monday and is expected to reach Category 2 or stronger as it churns over the Gulf of Mexico in the next couple of days.

"Families should take the opportunity TODAY to make sure they have three days of food and water, as well as all needed medications", Scott wrote on Twitter on Monday.

Michael, which formed near the Yucatan Peninsula on Sunday, is expected to dump 4 to 8 inches of rain - and as much as 12 inches in some areas - on western Cuba before it hits the United States.

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The NHC has issued a tropical storm watch from the Suwannee River to Anna Maria Island, including Tampa Bay.

A hurricane watch has been declared for the Alabama-Florida border to the Suwannee River in Florida.

For us here in the Tennessee Valley, the system could help enhance showers and storms in North Alabama mid-week, but significant impacts still look to be confined to the south and southeast.

A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued from the Suwanee River to Anna Maria Island, including Tampa Bay.

Tropical Storm Michael became the thirteen named storm in the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season on Sunday afternoon. The storm was moving north around 7 miles per hour (11 kph). The storm's tropical storm-force winds extended 175 miles from its center.

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In a Sunday presser, Scott, who has activated 500 National Guard troops, warned that Michael-which the Weather Channel noted "rapidly intensified" from Sunday into Monday morning-could come ashore as a Category 2 hurricane, with winds gusting at more than 100mph.

The Florida Panhandle and Big Bend into southern Georgia are planning on seeing at least 4 to 8 inches of rain, with up to a foot of in some parts.

The storm will head northward and pick up speed Tuesday evening.

A man pulls a boat as Tropical Storm Michael approaches in Cancun, Mexico, October 7, 2018. "The winds from the storm will thus be able to pile up a large storm surge along the east side of the storm's center".

The Gulf of Mexico is home to 17 percent of daily U.S. crude oil output and 5 percent of daily natural gas output, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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