Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Tropical Storm Michael forms, expected to become hurricane next week

Tropical Storm Michael forms, expected to become hurricane next week

Scott will issue an executive order declaring an emergency in the Panhandle and the Big Bend - generally areas surrounding Tallahassee - because of a storm in the Gulf of Mexico that was labeled Tropical Depression 14.

While in the Gulf, models are indicating that Michael may strengthen and become a hurricane before reaching the northeastern Gulf Coast.

The system was located 130 miles southeast of Cozumel, Mexico and moving north-northeast at 3 mph with maximum winds of 50 mph at the time of the update.

Scott encouraged residents in the path of the storm to prepare now, and directed everyone to visit to find information on emergency preparedness, shelters, road closures, and evacuation routes.

Beaufort County could see tropical-storm winds as early as Wednesday but most likely Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

As of Sunday afternoon, Tropical Storm Michael has developed in the Yucatan Peninsula.

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Before Michael arrives, moist air pushed north by the storm will start boosting South Georgia's afternoon storm chances through Tuesday, Strait said. "As we continue to monitor this storm's path toward Florida, it is critically important that our communities have every available resource to keep everyone safe". The declaration will free up resources for storm preparation.

National Hurricane Center has upgraded a tropical depression near the gulf to Tropical Storm Michael and is expected to become a minor hurricane by Wednesday morning. Maximum sustained winds are now at 35 miles per hour.

The National Hurricane Center says the system's tropical-storm-force winds reach out up to 205 miles, mainly to the north and east of the eye of the storm.

The NHC added: "There is an increasing risk of risky storm surge, rainfall, and wind impacts over portions of the northern Gulf Coast by mid-week, although it is too soon to specify the exact location and magnitude of these impacts".

Michael is the 13th named storm of the 2018 hurricane season, according to hurricane center spokesman Dennis Feltgen. This set of storms comes after heavy rain fell in parts of the same region on Friday and Saturday.

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