Scott says storm could become cat 2 hurricane

Scott says storm could become cat 2 hurricane

Scott says storm could become cat 2 hurricane

By Wednesday, Tropical Storm Michael could become a hurricane as it approaches the northern Gulf Coast.

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The storm was centered about 190 miles (306 kilometers) south of Cozumel, Mexico, late Saturday and was heading north at 7 mph (11 kph), with maximum sustained winds of 30 mph (45 kph). It's moving north at 13 miles per hour.

Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in 35 counties along Florida's Panhandle and Big Bend regions. "Storm surge can occur before, during, or after the center of a storm passes through an area". Storm surge could reach heights of 6 to 9 feet from the Okaloosa-Walton County line to Mexico Beach and from Keaton Beach to Cedar Key.

The forecast indicates Michael may be a Category 3 hurricane - with winds from 111 to 129 miles per hour - when it strikes.

As forecast, Michael would be the first Category 3 or higher hurricane to hit the Panhandle since Hurricane Dennis in 2005. By Wednesday Michael is set to make landfall somewhere along the Panhandle of Florida and will begin spreading tropical moisture across the southeastern United States.

Voluntary, and in some cases, mandatory, evacuations were issued in some areas along the Florida Panhandle coast. At this time it is too early to indicate what potential impacts this could have to the U.S. East Coast.

Several rounds of thunderstorms and heavy rain are once again developing in the Plains and Midwest on Sunday morning.

Pretty good rainfall totals are likely with this system.

The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season is far from over - and the US will likely see yet another land-falling tropical system in the coming week.

"Life-threatening storm surge is possible along portions of the Florida Gulf Coast regardless of the storm's exact track or intensity", the center said.

Most of the central US will be threatened by rain, or even snow in the Rockies, on Sunday evening. However, the storm will weaken as it progresses on its track through SC. This system is producing a large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms, along with winds to near gale force mainly north of the center. Michael will be squeezed between two strong weather features this week, a massive curve in jet stream winds called a trough to the west and an area of high pressure to the east. This is enough to cause some short-lived flash flooding prolems on Thursday, and possibly a some river flooding on Friday.

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