Florida Governor To Declare State Of Emergency Ahead Of Possible Hurricane

Nicondra Tropical Storm In the Gulf of Mexico Likely

"Electricity and water will be unavailable for several days to weeks after the storm passes".

"This rainfall could lead to life-threatening flash floods and mudslides in areas of mountainous terrain", the NHC said.

As far as wind goes, we can plan on 15-25 miles per hour sustained winds, with gusts over 40 miles per hour at times. Outer bands from the storm are also expected to bring roughly 100 mm of rain to the Florida Keys through Tuesday. A Category 1 hurricane has sustained winds of 74 to 95 miles per hour.

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

The system is expected to become a tropical depression late Saturday or Sunday and become a tropical storm by Sunday night, the center said.

The National Hurricane Centers model expects Michael to become a hurricane early Tuesday morning.

Known as "Potential Tropical Cyclone 14" by the National Hurricane Center, the storm is expected to form in the northwestern Caribbean Sea this weekend, with heavy rains heading for western Cuba.

Storm and storm surge watches were issued for the Gulf Coast from the Mississippi-Alabama border to Chassahowitzka, Florida, north of Tampa Bay. They said Michael could be the strongest hurricane to hit that stretch of coastline in 13 years.

Michael was upgraded to a Category 4 hurricane Wednesday during the 2 am advisory.

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Michael is the seventh hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season. He says winds in those areas could reach more than 100 miles per hour (160 kph).

"As we continue to monitor this storm's northward path toward Florida, it is critically important that our communities have every available resource to keep everyone safe and prepared", Scott said in a statement.

"Everybody's got to get ready".

"If any Florida family doesn't have an emergency preparedness plan, now is the time to act", Scott said.

"You cannot hide from storm surge, so get prepared and get out if evacuations are ordered". Scott said state officials are already working on planning, logistics and first response with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security, Army Corps of Engineers, Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Defense.

Landfall is imminent on the Florida Panhandle coast Wednesday afternoon. Gillum had planned to campaign Monday and Tuesday in South Florida.

There is a tropical storm watch for the coast of Mexico from Tulum to Cabo Catoche, where tropical storm conditions are possible Sunday and Monday. Reconnaissance aircraft indicate that tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 170 miles (275 kilometers) to the northeast and southeast of the center.

Chatham Emergency Management Agency has entered OPCON 4 and is monitoring Tropical Storm Michael.

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