Tropical system expected to produce squally, wet weather across S. Florida

Potential Tropical Cyclone Could Hit The US This Week

Potential Tropical Cyclone Could Hit The US This Week

A strong east wind will maintain higher than normal water levels along eastern facing shores of Louisiana and MS through Tuesday and so a COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY has been posted. Outer rain bands of the storm are expected to also produce total rain totals of 2-4 inches (5-10 centimeters) across the Florida Keys through Tuesday. "It's started to slow down and strengthen out there in the Gulf and now we are looking at the possibility of a major hurricane hitting us dead on", he said. A Category 2 hurricane has sustained winds of 96 to 110 miles per hour.

Following its forecasted track, the NHC says that Michael will move northward near the western tip of Cuba this Monday afternoon and into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico by Monday night. Hurricane force winds extend 45 miles outside the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outwards 175 miles. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations hard or dangerous.A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.Interests elsewhere across the southeastern United States should monitor the progress of Michael.

A Tropical Storm Watch was issued from Suwannee River to Anna Maria Island, which also includes Tampa Bay. If the forecast is correct, Michael would be the 11th major hurricane to hit Florida in October since records began in 1851, Colorado State University meteorologist Phil Klotzbach said.

The Hurricane Center predicts unsafe surf conditions will start to appear along the northern Gulf Coast on Tuesday. It's the 14th storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season.

Scott warned that Michael could reach land as a Category 2 hurricane, with winds in excess of 100 miles per hour.

"Everybody's got to get ready".

Mr Scott said in the release: "If any Florida family doesn't have an emergency preparedness plan, now is the time to act". This will bring the threat for torrential rainfall as well as significant storm surge to the coast; those with interests in the region will want to keep a close eye on the forecast as it develops.

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. Its current projected path is set to take it toward the Florida panhandle. Gillum had planned to campaign Monday and Tuesday in South Florida.

In Alabama, Gov. Kay Ivey issued a statewide state of emergency in anticipation of damage from Hurricane Michael.

Unlike Hurricane Florence, Tropical Storm Michael, now located west of Cuba and packing 70 miles per hour winds, is a fast-moving storm.

"Hurricane conditions will continue over portions of the far western Cuban province of Pinar del Rio through this evening".

He said residents should make sure they have a three-day water supply and enough food and medicines for a few days of isolation.

The hurricane center advised residents along the northeastern and central U.S. Gulf Coast to monitor the storm's progress.