Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
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Evolving storm Michael expected to slam Florida as hurricane

Evolving storm Michael expected to slam Florida as hurricane

Michael is forecast to become a major hurricane by Tuesday or Tuesday night and should make landfall Wednesday afternoon or evening.

The agency advised: "Michael will move across the eastern Gulf of Mexico Tuesday (Oct. 9) and Tuesday night, is expected to move inland over the Florida Panhandle or Florida Big Bend area on Wednesday (Oct. 11), and then move northeastward across the southeastern United States Wednesday night and Thursday (Oct. 12)".

Rick Scott gave a statement regarding the storm on Monday morning, saying that he has declared a State of Emergency in 26 counties ahead of the landfall. The National Hurricane Center is telling residents to take this threat seriously and to expect storm surge and heavy rainfall along with risky winds.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) says that Tropical Storm Michael was nearly a hurricane early Monday and is expected to reach Category 2 or stronger as it churns over the Gulf of Mexico in the next couple of days.

Michael has become a hurricane as the storm gets ready to move into the Gulf of Mexico.

Hurricane Michael is gathering strength and heading toward the panhandle region of Florida, which prompted officials at Hurlburt Field to announce Monday the base will evacuate its aircraft.

The number of counties under a state of emergency has grown to 36.

The storm was centered about 80 kilometers off the western tip of Cuba, and about 220 kilometers east-northeast of Cozumel, Mexico.

Hurricane Michael is now a Category 1 hurricane as of the 2 PM advisory from the National Hurricane Center. It'll be breezy as well with winds sustained along the coast at 15 to 20 miles per hour.

The National Hurricane Center upgraded the storm with its 11 a.m. advisory Tuesday, recording maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour.

Hurricane Michael could bring heavy rain and high winds to parts of Maryland later this week, but extreme flooding did not pose an enormous risk to most of the state as of Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles (45 kilometers) from the storm's center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 kilometers).

The latest track shows a weakening Michael moving either directly through, or at least near central Georgia as a tropical storm.

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The system could be "a risky, major hurricane" along the northeastern Gulf Coast on Wednesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

"My mindset is we want to be hopeful but we want to be prepared in case it does make a turn", Congressman Vern Buchanan said during Monday's news conference.

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