Tropical Storm Michael could hit Florida Gulf Coast as Category 2 hurricane

11 October, 2018, 03:16 | Author: Wade Massey
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The latest track shows a weakening Michael moving either directly through, or at least near central Georgia as a tropical storm.

Tropical Storm Michael is forecast to strengthen into a hurricane Monday afternoon and impact the Gulf Coast by the middle of the week. Its movement speed was only 8 km/h.

"Nearly all of the intensity models bring the cyclone to hurricane strength over the Gulf of Mexico in 2 to 3 days", the 10 a.m. Sundayforecast discussion by the National Hurricane Center said.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the tropical storm was crawling north toward the Yucatan Channel off of Mexico late Sunday night and was expected to unload heavy rains on western Cuba in the coming hours.Dr. Athena Masson, a hurricane expert, says Michael is now considered a high-end tropical storm.

She says the Gulf nearly always has these types of prime conditions, which are expected to help fuel the tropical storm over the coming days.

Forecasters are calling on Florida Gulf Coast residents to monitor the storm's approach, warning of the possibility of storm surge, heavy rains and unsafe winds as it approaches the U.S. Southeast. Scott said state officials are already working on planning, logistics and first response with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security, Army Corps of Engineers, Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Defense. "Michael is forecast to be near or at major hurricane strength when it reaches the northeastern Gulf of Mexico Tuesday night and Wednesday", the National Hurricane Center said early Monday morning.

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The forecast indicates Michael may be a Category 3 hurricane - with winds from 111 to 129 miles per hour - when it strikes.

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

The depression was moving north at 3 miles per hour. He also activated 500 Florida Guard troops ahead of the storm and has a further 5,000 on standby. The center of Michael will pass southeast of our area, keeping the highest rain threat, severe weather potential, and highest wind potential away from our area. "If this storm hit Panama City, Tampa could still have storm surge".

Forecasters warned that the storm could produce up to a foot of rain in western Cuba, potentially triggering flash floods and mudslides in mountainous areas. At 5 a.m., it was located about 100 miles south of Cuba's western tip, where hurricane winds are likely later today and rain could reach eight inches, with up to 12 inches possible in places.

For storm information specific to your area, please monitor products issued by your national meteorological service.

Based on the current projections for its path and timing, parts of the tristate area could see tropical rainfall and be affected by the storm's winds.

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