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Tropical Storm Michael: Here We Go Again

09 October 2018, 02:33 | Vera Richards

Tropical Storm Michael Will Become a Hurricane Monday

Tropical Storm Michael, Heading North, Could Become Category 2 Hurricane

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

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.

Along the coast, some areas could see storm surge and strong winds as Michael moves out to sea by the weekend.

Michael strengthened into a Hurricane earlier today and a significant Gulf of Mexico swell event now looks very likely.

A hurricane watch has been posted for the Florida Gulf Coast, all the way from the Alabama-Florida border to the Suwannee River in Florida.

By late Monday morning, Michael had become a hurricane, and forecasters at the National Hurricane Center now officially expect it to be a major Category 3 by Wednesday.

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Meanwhile, Scott, the Republican nominee for US Senate, will be leaving the campaign trail for the "next few days" to address storm preparations, a campaign spokesperson told CNN.

"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.

Once the storm makes landfall on the Gulf Coast, it is expected to head northeast Wednesday and Thursday. Also in a tropical storm watch is a swath from the Alabama/Florida border to the Mississippi/Alabama border as well as inland areas of southern Alabama and southwest Georgia.

The storm was located by 2 a.m. ET Monday about 105 miles (170 kilometers) east-southeast of Cozumel, Mexico, and moving to the north at about 4 mph (6 kph). In Charlotte, Panovich said the European model shows the storm slowing down and could have a bigger impact than other long-range models. It became a tropical storm a littler after noon on Sunday; less than 24 hours later, it was a hurricane.

"Alabama is once again in the path of a hurricane, but I know Alabamians will once again come together and be prepared for whatever Michael may bring", Ivey stated.

The governor also activated 1,250 National Guardsmen and said he would waive tolls for residents who were evacuating.

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"Do not take a chance on storm surge", Scott said.

As the track stands right now, tropical storm force winds will be the main concern.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for western Cuba.

Chatham Emergency Management Agency has entered OPCON 4 and is monitoring Tropical Storm Michael.

The NWS release said there is considerable uncertainty regarding the track, intensity, and timing of Michael, but confidence is increasing that it will directly impact the southeast Georgia and southeast SC area.

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