Tropical Storm Michael Will Become a Hurricane Monday

Courtesy MGN

Courtesy MGN

By 11 a.m. Monday, Michael's top sustained winds were around 75 miles per hour (120 kph). It was moving north around 11 kph.

Hurricane Michael's path to Florida and Alabama as of 11 a.m. on October 8, 2018.

Hurricane watches are already in place for parts of the panhandle, and tropical storm watches are in place for parts of south Georgia just outside our viewing area.

Hurricane Michael is expected to strengthen rapidly over the next 24 to 36 hours and will be "a risky major hurricane when it reaches the northeastern Gulf Coast on Wednesday", the National Hurricane Center says. From there, the storm will quickly move northeastward into the Carolinas by Thursday. 'This storm will be life-threatening and extremely risky, ' Scott said after receiving a briefing at the State Emergency Operations Center.

The state's Big Bend area, where the storm is expected to make landfall on Wednesday, could see up to 12 feet of storm surge, according to forecasters. NNE OR 20 DEGREES AT 3 miles per hour...6 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...999 MB...29.50 INCHES WATCHES AND WARNINGS ------- CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY: None SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT: A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect, but the NHC's forecast model shows that the storm could hit Western Europe by next week.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for Okaloosa/Walton County Line Florida to Anclote River Florida A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for Anclote River Florida to Anna Maria Island Florida, including Tampa Bay, and Alabama/Florida border to Okaloosa/Walton County Line Florida A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Alabama/Florida border to Suwannee River Florida and the Cuban province of Pinar del Rio.

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Also in that report, Dixon said Gillum's handling of the storm situation and his ensuing feud with Scott loomed over his political future.

Escambia through Franklin counties in Northwest Florida are included in the hurricane watch. Today we're expecting very warm, muggy weather, however, Tuesday a strong cold front is going to approach us. Scott also activated 500 members of the Florida National Guard ahead of the storm.

In a Facebook post Monday, the Wakulla County Sheriff's Office said no shelters would be open because Wakulla County shelters were rated safe only for hurricanes with top sustained winds below 111 miles per hour (178 kph). RAINFALL: 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.

Forecasters say the storm will gain more intensity through Tuesday, with a chance it will weaken somewhat as it nears land in Florida. It's forecast to move toward the Baja this week and eventually make landfall as a tropical storm by week's end.

The governor noted that while state officials are prepared for the storm, she said "now is the time for residents in south Alabama to review your emergency preparedness plans and also get prepared" - warning that those in Michael's path "will need to take shelter by [Tuesday] evening".

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories for Hurricane Sergio and Tropical Storm Leslie.

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