Friday, 19 October, 2018

'Monstrous' Hurricane Michael forecast to hit Gulf Coast as a major hurricane

Chance of tropical depression or tropical storm developing in Gulf has increased Chance of tropical depression or tropical storm developing in Gulf has increased
Steven Clarke | 11 October, 2018, 03:18

Michael, moving toward the US Gulf Coast, is now a Category 1 hurricane, the National Hurricane Center said.

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

Early Monday morning, Michael had increased wind speeds from 60 miles per hour to 70 miles per hour.

Michael was moving north-northeast at 3 miles per hour off Yucatan Peninsula as of the 5 p.m. Sunday update.

Aside from winds potentially nearing 200 km/h, the storm's main impacts are expected to include extreme rainfall (up to and exceeding 250 mm in the worst-hit areas of the panhandle), flooding, the the potential for "life-threatening" mudslides in mountainous areas along its route.

RAINFALL: Total rain accumulations of 3 to 7 inches are expected over western Cuba and 2 to 4 inches over the Yucatan Peninsula, Belize, and northern Honduras through Tuesday.

While the storm will pass well west of Tampa Bay, the area will see gusty south and southeast winds with showers Monday through Wednesday.

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The National Hurricane Center indicates that Tropical Depression 14 has strengthened and is now Tropical Storm Michael, centered over the northwest Caribbean Sea. Tropical storm conditions are possible in the watch area Sunday night and Monday. Forecasters predict it will become a hurricane by the time it makes landfall. State of Emergency issued for North Florida According to this latest update, Michael is expected to become a hurricane late Monday night or Tuesday.

Scott said Sunday that he had issued an order for a state of emergency for 26 counties in the Florida Panhandle and the Big Bend area.

According to the 5 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Michael was close to becoming a hurricane.

From there, all indications are that it will move farther north or to the northeast. He warned that storm surge could affect areas of Florida not in the storm's direct path.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles (45 km) from the center of the tropical cyclone and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 km).

The Hurricane Center predicts risky surf conditions will start to appear along the northern Gulf Coast on Tuesday.

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