Michael Could Become Cat 2 Hurricane Before It Hits Florida

09 October, 2018, 00:29 | Author: Darnell Taylor
  • Courtesy MGN

Florida residents are bracing themselves for Hurricane Michael, which is expected to smash into the USA state in midweek, with winds of up to 129mph.

Tropical Storm Michael is now east of the Yucatan Peninsula and expected to strengthen to a hurricane before making landfall around the Florida panhandle. The center warned heavy rain, risky winds and life-threatening storm surges were possible across Western Cuba on Monday as winds picked up speed on the Gulf Coast.

Tropical Storm Michael has turned into a hurricane and is expected to strengthen rapidly before hitting Florida this week, bringing with it winds of at least 160 kilometres per hour and life-threatening flash flooding.

After hitting Florida, the storm is forecast to move north-east on Wednesday and Thursday along the Atlantic Coast and batter the Carolinas, which are still recovering from Hurricane Florence last month.

Michael has been upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane as it continues to move toward the Gulf Coast of the United States.

The chances of tropical storm winds are low but it is possible that strong gusts Tuesday night into Wednesday might reach tropical storm force.

The number of counties under a state of emergency has grown to 36.

The storm is about 120 miles east of Cozumel, Mexico and about 70 miles west of Cuba.

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Michael was upgraded to a hurricane Monday and is expected to strengthen to a Category 3 hurricane before reaching the Panhandle and Big Bend area on Wednesday. It'll be breezy as well with winds sustained along the coast at 15 to 20 miles per hour.

But it rapidly intensified, and its top winds clocked in at 60 miles per hour by late Sunday evening. The Weather Service said the storm also could contribute to minor coastal flooding early in the week, in part because of the astronomical high tides that were already forecast to occur before the storm's formation. The center of the storm is then expected to move across Georgia as a tropical storm, before moving across the Carolinas and southeast Virginia before going back out to sea by next weekend.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...

A separate storm system is forecast to drench the central U.S.in heavy rain on Monday. Tropical Storm and Hurricane Watches have been posted for the Florida Panhandle and the Big Bend.

Southern New England could get one to two inches of rain, with Cape Cod and the Islands potentially getting up to four inches of rain, Correia said.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for western Cuba.

Once the storm makes landfall, some projections estimate that it could make its way across Georgia and into North and SC before moving out into the Atlantic ocean.

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