Michael reaches hurricane strength as it churns toward Florida

Oct 09, 2018, 03:01
Michael reaches hurricane strength as it churns toward Florida

Tropical Storm Michael is in the Gulf of Mexico and expected to bring heavy winds, inches of rain and a chance of flash floods to parts of the Carolinas later this week, including the Charlotte area, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency for 26 counties in Florida's Panhandle and Big Bend areas.

A state of emergency was issued in Alabama on Monday as "dangerous" Hurricane Michael continues to barrel toward the USA, with the potential to hit the Florida Panhandle mid-week.

The storm is expected to be a Category 2 when it makes landfall, according to the National Hurricane Center, though forecasters haven't ruled out the possibility of it being a Category 3 storm.

By 5 p.m. Monday, Michael's top sustained winds were around 80 miles per hour as it headed north at 9 miles per hour.

More news: Ohio State rally stuns Penn State

After hitting Florida, the storm is forecast to move northeast along the Atlantic Coast and batter the Carolinas, which are still recovering from Hurricane Florence last month.

For storm information specific to your area, please monitor products issued by your national meteorological service. "It is forecast to move very quickly and there would not be the rain like we had before".

Inland tropical weather watches have already been issued for portions of south Georgia in advance of Michael, however, an exact forecast for metro Atlanta remains uncertain and may vary, given the exact path Hurricane Michael may take across the state.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who is also the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in the November 6 election, said on Sunday he was cancelling his campaign events and returning to Tallahassee, the state capital, to focus on storm preparations.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who is also the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in the November 6 elections, said on Sunday he was cancelling his campaign events and returning to Tallahassee, the state capital, to focus on storm preparations.

More news: Fleetwood, Molinari make European Ryder Cup history

By late Monday afternoon, Close said folks across Tampa Bay will see quick-moving storms pass through the area as the hurricane's outer bands begin to reach Florida.

Bay County District Schools will be closed Tuesday (10/9) and Wednesday (10/10).

Michael emerged Sunday as a tropical storm with winds of up to 50 miles per hour (85 kph). In the below tweet, storm chaser Jeff Piotrowski states his belief that Michael even has the potential to reach Category 4 status, although most outlets are sticking with one notch below for now.

On the forecast track, the center of Michael will move near the northeastern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula Monday morning, and then across the eastern Gulf of Mexico late Monday through Wednesday morning.

Aside from causing power outages, flooding and property damage, Michael could also worsen a toxic algae bloom that has plagued Florida's beaches for a year. A widespread 2 to 4 inches of rain are likely at this point given the current track.

More news: Amazon’s 8 new Alexa-powered devices to launch before the year’s end

The auto club AAA said Monday the projected path of Michael would keep the center of the system east of most oil-drilling rigs and refineries along the Gulf Coast.

Loading...
loading...
loading...
YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE
popular