How will Tropical Storm Michael affect North Carolina?

Howard TerryOct 11, 2018

Forecasters say a tropical depression in the Caribbean could strengthen over the next several days and become a hurricane by midweek.

Many are located in the coastal town of Port St. Joe, the county's largest municipality, lying directly in the hurricane's projected path, she said.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in Florida Sunday night in the Panhandle and several northern counties, warning the storm could be "life-threatening and extremely risky".

By 11 p.m. Monday, Michael's top sustained winds had risen some to 90 miles per hour (144 kph) as it headed north at 12 miles per hour (19 kph).

As forecast, Michael would be the first Category 3 or higher hurricane to hit the Panhandle since Hurricane Dennis in 2005.

At 11 p.m. EDT Sunday, Michael was about 105 miles (165 kilometers) east-southeast of Cozumel, Mexico.

"Today, I will be declaring a state of emergency in counties in the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend and directing the State Emergency Operations Center to activate".

Through Monday morning, the storm is set to lash the eastern Yucatan Peninsula and western Cuba, which were under tropical storm warnings, with heavy rain and gusty winds. Florida State University announced it will close from Tuesday through Friday this week.

If it becomes a tropical storm, it will be called "Michael".

Scott declared a state of emergency for 35 Florida counties from the Panhandle to Tampa Bay, activated hundreds of Florida National Guard members and waived tolls to encourage those near the coast to evacuate inland.

"Do not take a chance on storm surge", Scott said.

According to a news release from Scott's office, the declaration will ensure governments have the "time, resources and flexibility" to prepare for the storm. "This is coming very fast".

"Never ends, but we're all prepared and hopefully it won't be as bad as it's looking", Mr. Trump said. Sea-surface temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico are a few degrees warmer than normal, mostly in the mid-80s - more than warm enough to support a hurricane, and perhaps a strong one. The center of Michael will pass southeast of our area, keeping the highest rain threat, severe weather potential, and highest wind potential away from our area.

7-day rainfall forecast from the National Weather Service. "Areas hit hard by Florence may face disruptions to ongoing cleanup efforts or renewed flooding depending on the track of the storm", AccuWeather senior meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said. This is now the 13th named storm of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane season.

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