Tropical Storm Michael Forms, Forecasted to Become Hurricane By Wednesday

Oct 08, 2018, 02:12
Tropical Storm Michael Forms, Forecasted to Become Hurricane By Wednesday

Click on the image for larger view. He said this means any forecasts could change.

Gov. Rick Scott announced he would declare a state of emergency for counties in the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend on Sunday ahead of Tropical Depression 14. But right now, the National Hurricane Center is forecasting this system to be a Category 1 hurricane when it makes landfall.

"Interests along the northeastern and central U.S. Gulf coast should monitor the progress of Michael", the NHC says.

A tropical depression in the northwest Caribbean has strengthened into Tropical Storm Michael.

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Tropical Storm Michael formed near the Yucatan Peninsula on Sunday, and it's on track to wallop the United States. A northward motion with some increase in forward speed is expected over the next few days.

Officials are bracing for Tropical Storm Michael to strengthen into a hurricane before making landfall on the Florida Panhandle by mid-week.

The only other storm in the Atlantic is Tropical Storm Leslie has zig-zagged in intensity. With less shear and plenty of warm water the storm is likely to become a hurricane while in the Gulf.

The storm could cause rip tides and other unsafe surf conditions as early as Monday.

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Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who is the Democratic nominee for governor, had planned to campaign in South Florida Monday and Tuesday, but he said he would return to Tallahassee to help with storm preparations.

High risk of rip currents through at least midweek. At this time it is too early to indicate what potential impacts this could have to the U.S. East Coast. An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is now on the way to investigate the new tropical storm.

Nelson cautioned against social-media speculations on the storm's impact. The NHC said Michael could strengthen into a hurricane by Wednesday when it reaches the Sunshine State. Scott said in the statement.

"Today, I will be declaring a state of emergency in the Florida Panhandle & Big Bend & directing the State EOC to activate", Scott tweeted on Sunday morning. "Our state understands how serious tropical weather is and how devastating any hurricane or tropical storm can be".

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Scott said he will return to Tallahassee today for briefings from state and federal emergency officials at 5 p.m. It is then forecast to move northeast over the Carolina's Wednesday night and Thursday.

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