Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Tropical Storm Michael expected to slam into Florida as hurricane

Tracking Michael What You Need to Know Tropical Storm Michael, Heading North, Could Become Category 2 Hurricane
Faye Gross | 09 October, 2018, 03:02

Just one month after the chaos of Hurricane Florence, Michael will soon batter the region with devastating winds.

Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency for 26 counties as Tropical Storm Michael gathers strength in the Caribbean and barrels toward the Florida Panhandle.

Forecast projections show it strengthening to a category 3 storm with sustained winds of 120 miles per hour before making landfall along Florida Panhandle sometime late Wednesday night/early Thursday morning.

A Hurricane Watch was issued for the Alabama-Florida border eastward to the Suwannee River.

The storm was centered about 30 miles off the western tip of Cuba, and about 520 miles south of Apalachicola.

"Michael could produce three life-threatening hazards along portions of the northeastern Gulf Coast: storm surge, heavy rainfall and hurricane-force winds", according to the hurricane center.

Pfaff said the storm is still worth noting, as it will bring high winds and heavy rains to an area still recovering from the last storm. Needless to say, Michael should be taken seriously.

Chris Holcomb and the 11Alive Storm Trackers team will have full coverage all week of Tropical Storm Michael and bring you full details on what sort of effects it will have on our weather in and across the state of Georgia.

"The majority of impact on our area will be Tuesday night and Wednesday", said Paul Close, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Ruskin. We'll find out later this week how severe this storm shall be, but for now, it's time to batten down those hatches.

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Weather models of the hurricane are also showing strong rain and possible storm surges inbound for the coast.

Tyndall Air Force Base, near Panama City, and Hurlburt and Eglin officials said in social media posts over the -past two days that they were watching the storm as it develops.

The winds will start picking up in intensity on Tuesday morning. A warning indicates tropical storm conditions are expected, in this case, within 24 hours.

A hurricane warning has been issued for the Cuban province of Pinar del Rio and tropical storm warnings are in effect for the Cuban province of Isle of Youth and the Mexican coast from Tulum to Cabo Catoche.

Even though the storm is predicted to make landfall Wednesday further north, Scott warned that areas as far south as Tampa Bay could be battered by unsafe storm surge as the storm passes by.

Hurricane Michael will also create conditions for a tornado to potentially form.

Michael if forecast to continue on a northward to north-northwestward motion at a slightly faster forward speed through Tuesday night, followed by a northeastward motion on Wednesday and Thursday.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...

Outer rainbands from Michael are already soaking the Florida Keys, and rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches are likely there through Tuesday.

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