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Michael to gain hurricane strength as it approaches Florida

11 October 2018, 08:18 | Darnell Patrick

Nicondra Watching Tropical Wave In the Caribbean

Nicondra Watching Tropical Wave In the Caribbean

On the NHC official forecast track, the center of the tropical cyclone will move through the Yucatan Channel on Monday morning and then across the eastern Gulf of Mexico late Monday through Wednesday. "There will be a significant threat along the coast of hurricane force winds, storm surge that could be exceed 6 to 12 feet in some locations, rains totaling 4" - 8" with local amounts up to 12", and isolated tornadoes.

The storm was about 130 miles southeast of Cozumel, Mexico and moving north-northeast at about 3 mph.

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.

Scott had already announced Sunday morning he would declare a state of emergency due to the storm.

The governor warned that there is potential for "devastating impact to communities across the Panhandle and Big Bend".

He urged Floridians to get prepared for the storm and said he has activated 500 members of the Florida National Guard. In many of these areas this rainfall could lead to life-threatening flash floods.

In the United States, a storm surge watch has been issued from Navarre, Florida to Anna Maria Island, Florida.

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Gulf Coast of Florida from the Okaloosa/Walton County Line to Anclote River.

"We expect Hurricane Michael to make landfall between Panama City, Florida, and Apalachicola, Florida, sometime later Wednesday or Wednesday night", AccuWeather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski said in a report.

Andrew Gillum, the Democratic mayor of Tallahassee who is vying to succeed Scott as the state's governor, has called off campaign events on Monday and Tuesday to focus on storm preparation, CNN reported.

The hurricane center advised residents along the northeastern and central U.S. Gulf Coast to monitor the storm's progress.

A storm is designated a Category 1 hurricane if it reaches speeds of 74 miles per hour (119 kph) or more, and a Category 3 hurricane at 111 miles per hour (178 kph) or more on the five-step Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale.

This is now the 13th named storm of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane season.

A Tropical Storm Warning is now in effect for the Cuban provinces of Pinar del Rio and the Isle of Youth and the coast of Mexico from Tulum to Cabo Catoche, including Cozumel.



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