Michael expected to gain hurricane strength as it approaches Florida

09 October, 2018, 01:05 | Author: Tara Reeves
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Hurricane Michael - which was upgraded from tropical storm Monday - is in the Gulf of Mexico and expected to hit the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday.

By Wednesday, Michael will likely move inland over the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend, making its way across the southeastern USA that night and Thursday morning.

But it rapidly intensified, and its top winds clocked in at 60 miles per hour by late Sunday evening.

Michael was not expected to strengthen this quickly but an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft made several passes through the system overnight, according to the National Hurricane Center, and "somewhat surprisingly" found that the storm has become better organized and increased in intensity.

Michael was now a Category 1 hurricane but could become a Category 3 storm by Tuesday on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, with winds of at least 100 miles per hour (160 km per hour). A hurricane watch is in place from the Alabama-Florida border east to the Suwanee.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who is also the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in the November 6 elections, said on Sunday he was cancelling his campaign events and returning to Tallahassee to focus on storm preparations.

"Hurricane Michael is forecast to become a major hurricane and it will produce wide-spread power outages and debris that will challenge our response and recovery in the southern and Wiregrass counties".

Current advisory shows winds are sustained at 75 miles per hour.

The governor declared a state of emergency for Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Gadsden, Liberty, Franklin, Leon, Wakulla, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Hamilton, Suwannee, Lafayette, Dixie, Columbia, Gilchrist, Levy and Citrus counties.

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Scott said 500 Florida National Guard members had been activated for planning, logistics and response, and another 5,000 stood at the ready.

As Hurricane Michael plows up the Gulf of Mexico to smack the Florida Panhandle, forecasters expect South Florida to get sideswiped by some extra wind and rain atop the usual for this time of year.

Hurricane Michael is predicted to hit Florida later this week.

The Atlantic hurricane season officially runs through November 30, and it looks like Florida may be about to get socked with at least one more.

Tropical Storm Warnings have been issued over the northeastern portion of Mexico's Yucatan Penninsula and the western portions of Cuba ahead of the storm.

Early Monday afternoon, Michael was centered about 20 miles off the western tip of Cuba and about 600 miles south of Tallahassee, Florida.

Michael is moving toward the north near 7 miler per hour at a northward motion.

There's less of a risk areas north and west of the Interstate-95 corridor will see heavy rain, Martin said, meaning there's also a lower chance of inland flooding.

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