Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Michael crawls north, rising threat to Florida

Nicondra Watching Tropical Wave In the Caribbean Nicondra Watching Tropical Wave In the Caribbean
Kenny Thornton | 11 October, 2018, 12:48

"Michael is expected to move inland over the Florida Panhandle or Florida Big Bend area on Wednesday, and then move northeastward across the southeastern United States Wednesday night and Thursday, " the hurricane center said.

Governor Rick Scott announced on Sunday that he will issue an executive order declaring a state of emergency for counties in the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend as the state continues to monitor and prepare for Tropical Storm Michael. The declaration will free up resources for storm preparation.

The "risk of risky storm surge, rainfall, and wind impacts continues to increase", the National Hurricane Center warned Sunday. He warned that storm surge could affect areas of Florida not in the storm's direct path.

He urged Floridians to get prepared for the storm and said he has activated 500 members of the Florida National Guard.

Michael pounded western Cuba with heavy rain and strong winds and is forecast to make landfall as a hurricane midweek on the northeastern US Gulf Coast.

By Monday morning, Tropical Storm Michael's maximum sustained winds were near 70 miles per hour (110 kph).

Leslie continues to produce rip currents and large swells across the U.S. east coast, including Florida.

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Downed power lines and downed trees are possible.

The city of Pensacola tweeted to residents, "Be sure you have your emergency plan in place".

As of 5 a.m. Monday, Tropical Storm Michael reached winds of 70 miles per hour and is moving through deep, warm water as it approaches the Gulf of Mexico. The storm is located about 220 miles south of Panama City, Florida.

A tropical storm watch is now in effect for parts of Southwest Florida including Swannee River to Anna Maria Island and the Tampa Bay.

RAINFALL: Total rain accumulations of 3 to 7 inches are expected over western Cuba and 2 to 4 inches over the Yucatan Peninsula, Belize, and northern Honduras through Tuesday. Expect some scattered showers and weak storms to develop through the afternoon along an easterly flow.

Tropical Storm Micheal is "almost a hurricane" moving into the Gulf of Mexico on Monday morning, and weather advisories are already starting to crop up for the Lowcountry.

Strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days, and the system is expected to become a tropical depression later tonight or on Sunday and a tropical storm on Sunday night.

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