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Still far off, Tropical Storm Michael a growing menace to Florida Panhandle

Still far off, Tropical Storm Michael a growing menace to Florida Panhandle”

"Michael is forecast to be a hurricane when it reaches the northeastern Gulf Coast by mid-week, and the risk of unsafe storm surge, rainfall and wind impacts continues to increase", the advisory said.

Tropics: Tropical Storm Michael was named on Sunday and is set to travel into the Gulf over the next couple of days. The fix bill came in at more than $60 billion, ranking Irma among the most costly storms in US history.

"We've seen this happen many times with storms, and they've just start to bring all that water with them", explained FOX 13's meteorologist Dave Osterberg, "and they've pushed that water in".

Hurricane Michael is now a Category 1 hurricane as of the 2 PM advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

The storm is forecast by the National Hurricane Center to move mostly north, crossing through the Gulf Of Mexico before a landfall along the Florida panhandle on Wednesday afternoon. By 5 p.m., winds had reached maximum sustained speeds about 50 miles per hour.

The exact track and timing of Michael still remains uncertain, so exact impacts will change as the forecast becomes more clear.

Residents of Florida's Panhandle frantically filled sandbags, boarded up homes and secured boats Monday as they anxiously awaited Hurricane Michael, which forecasters warned could smash into the state's Gulf Coast as a unsafe major hurricane within days.

According to the NHC, as of 7:00 p.m. EDT on October 7, Tropical Storm Michael is about 105 miles (170 kilometers) east-southeast of Cozumel, Mexico and 140 miles (230 kilometers) south-southwest of the western tip of Cuba. The storm's current predicted track shows it making landfall Wednesday in the Panhandle, according the National Hurricane Center.

"We're looking at a significant storm with significant impact, possibly greater than I've seen in my 59 years of life", he said of the city, which sits on the shore of Apalachicola Bay, an inlet to the Gulf of Mexico famed for producing about 90 percent of Florida's oysters. The storm is about 200 miles SSW of Apalachicola and moving north at 12 mph.

Rick Scott on Sunday said he planned to declare a state of emergency for counties in the Florida Panhandle and the Big Bend area of the state.

When looking at the forecast cone, remember this represents where the center of the storm will go, and it could be anywhere within the cone of uncertainty.

A low pressure system south of the Azores has only a 10 percent chance of development, the Hurricane Center said. This rainfall could lead to life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.Florida Panhandle and Big Bend into the Carolinas.4 to 8 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches.

The governor declared a state of emergency for Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Gadsden, Liberty, Franklin, Leon, Wakulla, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Hamilton, Suwannee, Lafayette, Dixie, Columbia, Gilchrist, Levy and Citrus counties.

Since Michael will be moving so fast there is a chance for tropical storm winds here in the Carolinas gusting over 35 miles per hour.



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