Tropical Storm Michael looms over Gulf of Mexico, could become hurricane


Florida has declared a state of emergency in anticipation of Tropical Storm Michael which is due to hit the USA coast next week.

Tropics: Tropical Storm Michael was named on Sunday and is set to travel into the Gulf over the next couple of days. "In addition, Michael is expected to affect portions of the Florida Gulf Coast that are especially vulnerable to storm surge, regardless of the storm's exact track or intensity".

Scott activated 500 National Guard Troops to help with planning ahead of the storm. Gillum's campaign said the Democrat was planning to return to Tallahassee on Sunday to focus on preparing the city for the storm.

A hurricane center graphic showed the disturbance gaining storm-level winds of over 39 miles per hour on Monday and maintaining those speeds as it potentially hits the Florida coast east of Pensacola on Wednesday.

We also have an area of high pressure just off the east coast of Florida. Suwanee River to Anna Maria Island Florida, including Tampa Bay

On Monday at 5 a.m., the National Hurricane Center issued the Tropical Storm Watch from the Suwannee River to Anna Maria Island, including Tampa Bay.

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Michael could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides in parts of western Cuba, forecasts say, with rains of 3-7 inches (7-17 centimeters) expected.

Tornadoes are always possible when a hurricane makes landfall, but it's too early to project tornado dangers in any one spot, both forecasters said.

The storm at 8 a.m. was travelling with 35-mph winds.

Packing winds of 50 mph, the storm was about 130 miles southeast of Cozumel, Mexico, on Sunday afternoon, crawling to the north-northeast at 3 mph.

The "risk of unsafe storm surge, rainfall, and wind impacts continues to increase", the National Hurricane Center warned Sunday. He returned to Tallahassee Sunday morning to oversee the state's response to the storm.

The cross-track spread among the spaghetti models has decreased since yesterday, but there continues to be differences in how fast Michael moves northward over the Gulf of Mexico. Those tropical storm effects will extend inland across southern Georgia and into SC - the storm will pick up speed as it's carried at the tail end of a cold front.