Tropical Storm Michael: Storm Could Strengthen Into Category 2 Hurricane

Tropical Storm Michael: Storm Could Strengthen Into Category 2 Hurricane

Tropical Storm Michael: Storm Could Strengthen Into Category 2 Hurricane

The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said a "life-threatening storm surge" was expected along much of the coast of the Florida Panhandle. "Well-built framed homes may incur major damage or removal of roof decking and gable ends".

DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK -------- At 100 PM CDT (1800 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Michael was located near latitude 19.2 North, longitude 86.9 West. Michael is now stationary but is expected to resume a slow northward motion later today.

CNN reports that such language is warranted, for Michael is now "slashing Cuba" and is expected to reach Category 3 status (with sustained winds from 111-129 mph) by Wednesday when it reaches the us mainland. Hurricane watches are issued 48 hours before the arrival of tropical-storm-force winds which is when outside preparations become unsafe. Data from an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 miles per hour (85 km/h) with higher gusts.

Rick Scott says Michael is a "monstrous storm" that has the potential to be devastating to the Florida Panhandle.

A Hurricane Watch was issued for the Alabama-Florida border eastward to the Suwannee River. Tropical Storm Watches have been issued for coastal areas westward to the Alabama-Mississippi border and for inland areas of Florida, Alabama and Georgia. It is expected to cut quickly across the Peach State toward the Carolinas and areas flooded severely last month by Hurricane Florence. On average, the Atlantic would have about five hurricanes by October 8.

The combination of a unsafe storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline.

The governor also activated 1,250 National Guardsmen and said he would waive tolls for residents who were evacuating.

"Everybody's got to get ready".

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"Take this seriously and keep your family safe", Scott said from Bay County on Monday.

"While the impacts are still uncertain, our area could experience increased wind activity and heavy rainfall, which could cause localized flooding and downed trees", Tallahassee officials said in a statement.

Scott declared an emergency in 35 counties and has asked President Trump for help ahead of the storm.

Scott encouraged county officials to make decisions about evacuations and shelters on Monday, as by Tuesday it could be too late to get the word out.

Florida State University said its campuses in Tallahassee and Panama City will be closed from Tuesday to Friday.

In the Caribbean, a hurricane warning is in effect for the Cuban province of Pinar del Rio.

The storm was centered about 30 miles (80 kilometers) off the western tip of Cuba, and about 520 miles (835 kilometers) south of Apalachicola, Florida. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 miles (335 km) primarily to the east of the center.

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