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Storm Michael expected to hit Florida as a hurricane midweek

Storm Michael expected to hit Florida as a hurricane midweek

Those two flows interacting together will keep Michael moving nearly due north.

A hurricane warning is in effect for the Cuban province of Pinar del Rio and tropical storm warnings are posted for the Isle of Youth in Cuba and the coast of Mexico from Tulum to Cabo Catoche, including Cozumel.

The storm brewing in the Caribbean strengthened to become Tropical Storm Michael about noon on Sunday, and experts now expect it to develop into a hurricane that could impact the Carolinas. Its movement speed was only 8 km/h.

Tropical Storm Michael will soon become Hurricane Michael as it moves north toward Florida, the National Hurricane Center said Monday morning. The storm is expected to gain hurricane status by Monday night or Tuesday as its core slowly crawls into the Gulf of Mexico, nearing the Florida Panhandle coast around midweek.

The NHC says that Michael is expected to cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline because of a risky storm surge and tide.

Scott said 500 Florida National Guard members had been activated for planning, logistics and response, and another 5,000 stood at the ready.

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

Voluntary, and in some cases, mandatory, evacuations were issued in some areas along the Florida Panhandle coast.




A storm surge watch was issued from Navarre to Anna Maria Island, including Tampa Bay.

Michael is moving to the north at 7 miles per hour. "As we continue to monitor this storm's northward path toward Florida, it is critically important that our communities have every available resource to keep everyone safe and prepared".

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

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles (45 km) from the center of the tropical cyclone and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 km).

"This storm will be life-threatening and extremely unsafe", Scott said in a briefing Sunday.

"Isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches are possible in western Cuba", the hurricane center said.

Parts of the Yucatan Peninsula and Cuba will undergo heavy rainfall and flash flooding Monday and Tuesday, forecasters predict. Stormy and windy weather will no doubt occur before landfall, with the timing of impacts potentially starting as early as sunrise on Wednesday.


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