Monday, 17 December, 2018

Tropical Storm Michael Moves Near Western Cuba

Chance of tropical depression or tropical storm developing in Gulf has increased Chance of tropical depression or tropical storm developing in Gulf has increased
Jeannette Daniel | 11 October, 2018, 03:18

Hurricane Michael is a Category 1 Hurricane the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour (120 km/h), with higher gusts. Michael today has exhibited maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour.

Michael's path to the Gulf is also affecting politics in Florida.

The Hurricane Center noted that the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend areas into southern Georgia are looking at 4 to 8 inches of rain from Michael, with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches.

WIND: Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the coast within the warning area by this evening or tonight, making outside preparations hard or risky. The storm will move quickly, exiting the Piedmont by Friday morning as it turns east and heads offshore. A warning for the coast of Mexico from Tulum to Cabo Catoche, was canceled late Monday. This storm is expected to stay away from southwest Florida, and there are a few reasons for that.

Michael, moving toward the US Gulf Coast, is now a Category 1 hurricane, the National Hurricane Center said.

Outer bands from Michael are expected produce as much as 4 inches (10 cm) of rain through Tuesday in the Florida Keys, one of several areas in the state devastated by Hurricane Irma previous year. The rains in Cuba's west were expected to begin Sunday night and continue Monday. It was moving north at a slightly higher speed of 5 miles per hour. Hurricane conditions are expected within the next 12 hours, according to the NHC.

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Michael will move across the eastern Gulf of Mexico through Tuesday night.

Forecasters are calling on Florida Gulf Coast residents to monitor the storm's approach, warning of the possibility of storm surge, heavy rains and unsafe winds as it approaches the U.S. Southeast.

"Everybody's got to get ready", Scott said during the news conference at the state Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee.

Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency this morning and urged Panhandle and Big Bend residents to prepare for Tropical Depression 14. The National Hurricane Center expected Michael to become a hurricane later in the day. Hurricane-force winds extended outward up to 35 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extended outward up to 175 miles, the National Hurricane Center said. Officials also alerted residents living on the coast of the possibility of flooding caused by the storm.

Hurricane and tropical storm warnings are in effect for parts of Cuba and Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, past which the storm is expected to track, while watches are in effect for much of Florida's Gulf coast, as well as Alabama. From there, it will move northeastward across the southeastern United States on Wednesday night and Thursday.

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