Still far off, Michael a growing menace to Florida Panhandle
Still far off, Michael a growing menace to Florida Panhandle
Tropical development likely in the Gulf over the next few days Tropical development is looking more likely this week
11 October, 2018, 03:15
But within a few hours it gained more strength and by Sunday evening, it had top sustained winds of 60 mph (95 kph).
Scott had already announced Sunday morning he would declare a state of emergency due to the storm. Michael is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 3 to 7 inches over western Cuba and 2 to 4 inches over the Yucatan Peninsula and Belize through Tuesday. "Remember, this storm could grow stronger and be a Category 3 hitting our state". At this point we are trying to iron out the magnitude and placement of those impacts, which of course depends on the exact track of the storm.
Leon County Schools wrote on Twitter that officials were monitoring the storm, but schools have not yet been closed on Wednesday.
Michael was not expected to strengthen this quickly but an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft made several passes through the system overnight, according to the National Hurricane Center, and "somewhat surprisingly" found that the storm has become better organized and increased in intensity.
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Despite approaching Florida from the Gulf Coast side, Tropical Storm Michael is expected to have some impact on Northeast Florida.
A tropical depression that formed Sunday morning is expected to move into the Gulf of Mexico and grow into a hurricane before striking the Florida Panhandle, forecasters say. It's moving north at 13 miles per hour.
Michael is forecast to eventually make landfall as a hurricane Wednesday afternoon along the Florida panhandle.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued an order for a state of emergency for 26 counties to rush preparations in the Panhandle and the Big Bend area, freeing up resources and activating 500 members of the Florida National Guard ahead of Tropical Storm Michael.
The risk of life-threatening storm surges, heavy rainfall and risky winds are increasing for the northeastern Gulf Coast.
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.
Southern Georgia, along with parts of southeastern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle could see rainfall amounts of 4-to-8 inches with isolated rainfall amounts of up to 12 inches.
It triggered flash-flooding warnings for that area and western Cuba.
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Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum canceled campaign events in South Florida on Monday and Tuesday to prepare for the storm, his campaign said.
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A satellite image shows Hurricane Michael moving north in the Gulf of Mexico, heading for a landfall in the Florida Panhandle. A northward motion is expected through tonight, followed by a northeastward motion on Wednesday and Thursday.
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