Tropical Storm Michael could hit Florida Gulf Coast as Category 2 hurricane

Frederick Owens
October 9, 2018

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

National Hurricane Center warns Hurricane Michael could produce life-threatening conditions along the Gulf Coast; Adam Klotz reports from the Fox Extreme Weather Center. Michael is expected to become a hurricane later Monday.

"Take this seriously and keep your family safe", Scott said.

A hurricane warning has now been issued by the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) for the Gulf Coast of Florida.

Newsday contacted the TT Consulate General in Miami to find out if any special instructions were being issued to TT nationals about the hurricane, butp to press time, officials there were unable to provide any information on it.

Energy companies halted almost a fifth of Gulf of Mexico oil production and evacuated staff from 10 platforms on Monday as Michael was forecast to become the strongest of three named storms to affect the U.S. Gulf of Mexico this year.

A hurricane watch has been posted for the Florida Gulf Coast, all the way from the Alabama-Florida border to the Suwannee River in Florida. Far inland, from the Florida Panhandle into Georgia and the Carolinas, rainfall totals are predicted to be up to 8 inches, with a foot of rain possible in isolated areas. DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK -------- At 400 PM CDT (2100 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Michael was located near latitude 19.2 North, longitude 85.5 West. Michael is moving toward the north-northeast near 3 miles per hour (6 km/h). He warned that storm surge could affect areas of Florida not in the storm's direct path.

According to ABC News, the storm is around 120 miles east-northeast of Cozumel, Mexico, and its maximum sustained wind speeds have reached up to 70 mph. STATIONARY MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1004 MB...29.65 INCHES WATCHES AND WARNINGS ------- SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT: A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...

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The current forecast would bring Michael into the region as a moderate to strong tropical storm. He added that the effects of the storm could have similarities to Hurricane Hermine, which caused lengthy power outages in the Tallahassee area two years ago.

Michael was lashing western Cuba late Monday morning with heavy rains and strong winds, according to the hurricane center.

As the track stands right now, tropical storm force winds will be the main concern.

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

"I haven't made up my mind yet, but I know some of my staff are going", said Dave Trepanier, owner of Firefly, a restaurant a block from the beach in Panama City, Bay County, an area where the hurricane is expected to come ashore.

Escambia through Franklin counties in Northwest Florida are included in the hurricane watch.

The storm's center is expected to move northward across the Yucatan Channel on Monday and across the eastern Gulf of Mexico through Wednesday.

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