STORM WATCH: TD 14 headed for northern Gulf Coast as potential hurricane

10 October, 2018, 15:55 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Tropical Storm Michael forms expected to become hurricane next week

An Air Force hurricane hunter airplane was sent into the storm to investigate, the hurricane center said. The storm is expected to become a hurricane by the time it makes landfall Wednesday and could become a Category 2 storm, with winds exceeding 100 miles per hour. This soon to be tropical storm will be a big rain maker and could become a hurricane in a couple of days.

He will be updated on Tropical Storm Michael in the Emergency Operations Center at 5 p.m. Sunday.

The storm is expected to make landfall somewhere along the Florida Panhandle or the Big Bend region Wednesday afternoon or evening.

The depression was moving north at 3 miles per hour. With the high wind shear that had been making it hard for the storm to organize retreating from the Gulf of Mexico it is likely the system will become Michael as it makes its way north.

With Scott running for U.S. Senate and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum running for governor, the threat of the storm quickly affected this fall's elections.

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"We're looking at a significant storm with significant impact, possibly greater than I've seen in my 59 years of life", he said of the city, which sits on the shore of Apalachicola Bay, an inlet to the Gulf of Mexico famed for producing about 90 percent of Florida's oysters.

The only other storm now in the Atlantic Ocean is Tropical Storm Leslie, which has zig-zagged in intensity. All schools in Panama City and surrounding Bay County will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. Gradual strengthening is forecast for the next few days, and the NHC says that Michael is forecast to become a hurricane soon.

Below is the Futurecast showing timing of showers & storms as Michael tracks northward.

Wind shear is said to be a major factor in the future of hurricane Michael. "The uncertainties we have at this time has to do with the storm being newly developed overnight", Barry said.

The NWS release said major impacts are possible by mid-week, but that could change, depending on the cyclone's track and intensity. There is still the chance for there to be tropical storm force winds in Charlotte. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life- threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, in the indicated locations during the next 48 hours. A hurricane warning was in effect for the Alabama-Florida border to the Suwanee River, with a hurricane watch in place from the Alabama-Florida border to the Mississippi-Alabama border.

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