As of Monday morning, Michael was moving north at 7mph with maximum winds near hurricane strength.
According to the National Hurricane Center, steady to rapid strengthening is forecast during the next day or so, and Michael is forecast to become a major hurricane by Tuesday or Tuesday night. Its movement speed was only 8 km/h.
Newly named Tropical Storm Michael could strengthen to a hurricane as it heads to the Florida Panhandle, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Sunday. There's also a warning in effect for the coast of Mexico from Tulum to Cabo Catoche.
"There is an increasing risk of risky storm surge, rainfall, and wind impacts over portions of the northern Gulf Coast by mid-week, although it is too soon to specify the exact location and magnitude of these impacts", the forecast discussion said.
After hitting Florida, the storm is forecast to move northeast along the Atlantic Coast and batter the Carolinas, which are still recovering from Hurricane Florence last month.
Michael pounded western Cuba with heavy rain and strong winds and is forecast to make landfall as a hurricane midweek on the northeastern US Gulf Coast.
We'll be tracking Michael closely as it churns toward the northern Gulf Coast, so stick with ABC7 for updates. Parts of the Florida panhandle near Pensacola down to Anna Maria Island, including Tampa Bay, are under storm surge watch.
As of the 5:00am advisory, the storm has maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour.Читайте также: Walking Dead season 9 premiere loses almost half its audience
Hurricane Michael strengthened into a Category 4 storm early Wednesday as it made a final approach to the northwestern Florida coastline before it arrives on land.
The governor warned that there is potential for "devastating impact to communities across the Panhandle and Big Bend".
Forecasters warned that the storm could produce up to a foot of rain in western Cuba, potentially triggering flash floods and mudslides in mountainous areas.
The storm center was located about 90 miles south of Cozumel, Mexico, or 225 miles southwest of the western tip of Cuba.
But it's so big, people about 175 miles away from the center are getting hit with tropical-storm-force winds (which have increased to at least 60 mph).
"This storm will be life-threatening and extremely risky", he said in a briefing Sunday evening.
Leon County Schools wrote on Twitter that officials were monitoring the storm, but schools have not yet been closed on Wednesday.
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