Michael is hurricane, more watches issued for growing storm

09 October, 2018, 02:30 | Author: Sheri Evans
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A storm surge watch has been hoisted from Navarre, Florida, to Anna Maria Island, Florida, including Tampa Bay. Scott is urging people along the Gulf Coast to finish their storm preparations Monday evening.

A tropical storm off Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula has rapidly strengthened and could become a unsafe hurricane before an expected midweek strike on the Gulf Coast in the Florida Panhandle, forecasters said Monday.

The Sunshine State is bracing for another hurricane as Tropical Storm Michael prepares to slam the Gulf Coast with possible 100mph winds this week.

The National Hurricane Center has warned that a "life-threatening" storm surge is likely to strike the Panhandle.

This time around, Gillum says he and Governor Scott have talked about the city's needs more than once.

The Florida Panhandle is on alert as Tropical Storm Michael works its way to the northern part of the Sunshine State.

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Meanwhile, Delta Air Lines issued its own travel waiver Monday afternoon for travelers passing through Mobile, Alabama; Fort Walton Beach, Florida; Panama City, Florida; Pensacola, Florida and Tallahassee, Florida Tuesday and Wednesday. Maximum sustained winds are now at 70 miles per hour and additional strengthening is forecast.

"A northward motion at a slightly faster forward speed is expected through Tuesday night, followed by a northeastward motion on Wednesday and Thursday", the NHC predicted.

Threats include damaging winds and flooding rain, along with storm surge and inland flooding along the immediate coast.

"Families should take the opportunity TODAY to make sure they have three days of food and water, as well as all needed medications", Scott wrote on Twitter on Monday. Ann Beaver was among the three-quarters of city residents who lost power after that storm. Big Bend Counties are beginning to announce school closures, sandbag locations and additional safety information.

Jefferson Somerset K-12 school will be opened as a shelter by county emergency management at noon Tuesday.

Latest report shows Michael carrying 75 miles per hour max sustained winds with wind gusts exceeding 100 miles per hour. Michael is now about 50 miles south of the western tip of Cuba and is expected to make landfall along the Florida panhandle this week. The storm's tropical storm-force winds extended 175 miles from its center. This rainfall could lead to life-threatening flash floods and mudslides in areas of mountainous terrain.

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Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency for 26 counties as Tropical Storm Michael gathers strength in the Caribbean and barrels toward the Florida Panhandle.

Michael's trek to Florida is also affecting politics in the state.

Latest satellite imagery showing Hurricane Michael moving into the SE Gulf of Mexico.

Tracy Fanara at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Sarasota said the algae are "very vulnerable to turbulence" and the bloom could dissipate.

Michael is not expected to have impacts on the Texas coast.

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