Michael almost a hurricane, could bring rain to Volusia, Flagler

Frederick Owens
October 10, 2018

The storm was located 105 miles southeast of Cozumel, Mexico, and had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph, moving north-northeast at 3 mph, the hurricane center said in its 8 p.m. ET advisory. Impacts from Tropical Storm Michael will be experienced much sooner than the actual landfall itself (which occurs when the due center of the eye crosses over land).

Wind shear, which has slowed the storm's development so far, is forecast to relax, which should also enable the storm to gain strength.

"You cannot hide from storm surge, so get prepared and get out if evacuations are ordered".

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sunday that the tropical depression could strengthen into a hurricane by Tuesday night or Wednesday.

The tropical storm is expected to swell into a Category 1 hurricane as soon as Monday night or early Tuesday as it rolls into the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, with winds of at least 70 miles per hour, forecasters said.

WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said Monday that the National Hurricane Center's 5 a.m. update on Monday has the storm making landfall as a Category 1 or Category 2 storm before moving up through the southeastern U.S.

It's expected to move over the Yucatan Channel and then crosses the Gulf of Mexico, nearing the Florida Panhandle coast by Wednesday.

By 5 p.m. Monday, Michael's top sustained winds were around 80 miles per hour as it headed north at 9 miles per hour. As of right now it is forecasted to make landfall Wednesday.

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Michael 14th named storm, and now the 7th hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

"We're looking at a significant storm with significant impact, possibly greater than I've seen in my 59 years of life", he said of the city, which sits on the shore of Apalachicola Bay, an inlet to the Gulf of Mexico famed for producing about 90 percent of Florida's oysters.

"This storm will be life-threatening and extremely unsafe", Scott said in a news briefing.

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A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the Alabama Gulf coast, while a Hurricane Watch has been issued for the northwestern coast of Florida.

A low pressure system south of the Azores has only a 10 percent chance of development, the Hurricane Center said.

A news release from the Governor's office stated that declaring a state of emergency ensures that state and local governments have ample time, resources and flexibility to prepare for the storm.

In North Carolina, still reeling from the destruction of Hurricane Florence last month, Gov. Roy Cooper warned that Michael could bring moderate storm surge, downed trees and power outages to his sodden state.

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