Tropical Storm Michael forms in the Caribbean

Tropical Storm Michael forms in the Caribbean

Cuba issued a Hurricane Warning for the province of Pinar del Rio. The storm has top sustained winds of 60 miles per hour (95 kph) and is moving north at 5 miles per hour (7 kph).

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

A hurricane watch is in effect along the Alabama-Florida border down to the Suwanee River. The storm's tropical storm-force winds extended 175 miles from its center, according to the weather center.

Hurricane watches are already in place for parts of the panhandle, and tropical storm watches are in place for parts of south Georgia just outside our viewing area.

Gov. Scott said, "With the National Hurricane Center forecasting Tropical Depression 14 to strengthen and impact Florida's Panhandle as a hurricane, families need to get prepared".

Michael is the seventh hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season. Make sure you have a way to continue getting updates, and check to make sure your hurricane kit is fully stocked before the storm arrives.

Steady to rapid strengthening is forecast during the next day or so, and Michael is expected to become a major hurricane by Tuesday night.

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At the moment no cruise lines have issued any changes to itineraries but this could change as the storm moves north.

After reaching land, Michael is expected to travel northeast at hurricane strength as it passes over Georgia. It is forecasted to become a Category 2 hurricane by the time it makes landfall somewhere in northwest Florida.

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

The hurricane center warned that the storm could produce a foot (30 centimeters) of rain in western Cuba, potentially triggering flash floods and mudslides in mountainous areas.

Hurricane Michael strengthened to a major, Category 3 hurricane Tuesday afternoon as it roared toward Florida's Gulf Coast, threatening to wreak historic devastation on a state walloped by Hurricane Irma's historic rage 13 months ago.

"If this storm hit Panama City, Tampa could still have storm surge", said Scott, referring to two Florida cities about 375 miles (600 kilometers) apart by highway.

Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency Sunday for 26 counties in the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend region, said that the storm will be slow, strong and will bring a unsafe storm surge. 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.

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