Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Nicondra: Tropical Storm In the Gulf of Mexico Likely

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Melinda Barton | 11 October, 2018, 05:15

Fearing that the natural calamity could become a Category 2 hurricane with winds up to 100 miles per hour by the time it makes landfall next Wednesday, Scott has mobilized some 500 National Guard troops to assist with planning and logistics. When it first reached tropical storm status, it was expected to become no stronger than a category 1 hurricane.

The system is set to bring heavy rain and flash flooding to areas of Central America, western Cuba and Mexico's Yucatan peninsula as early as Sunday night.

A hurricane warning and tropical storm watch are in place ahead of Michael's arrival.

A tropical storm watch was also issued from the Suwanee River to Anna Maria Island Florida, including Tampa Bay.

"This storm will be life-threatening and extremely unsafe", Scott said.

The governor warned that there is potential for "devastating impact to communities across the Panhandle and Big Bend".

Scott said 500 Florida National Guard members had been activated for planning, logistics and response, and another 5,000 stood at the ready.

Over the weekend, Governor Scott urged Floridians to get ready now if they haven't already done so. "We're going to get storm surge, we have wind, we have a chance of flooding, we have a significant chance of tornadoes".

A tropical storm that rapidly formed off Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula has gained new strength and could become a risky Category 2 hurricane with an expected midweek strike on the Gulf Coast in the Florida Panhandle, forecasts say. The storm's tropical storm-force winds extended 175 miles from its center.

Satellite wind data indicated the depression had strengthened Sunday morning with maximum winds of 40 miles per hour. But it rapidly intensified, and its top winds clocked in at 60 miles per hour (95 kph) by late Sunday evening.

We'll be tracking Michael closely as it churns toward the northern Gulf Coast, so stick with ABC7 for updates.

"We expect Hurricane Michael to make landfall between Panama City, Florida, and Apalachicola, Florida, sometime later Wednesday or Wednesday night", AccuWeather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski said in a report. If the forecast is correct, it would be only the 11th major hurricane to hit Florida in October since records began in 1851, Colorado State University meteorologist Phil Klotzbach said.

Gov. Scott, who will be running for a Senate seat, also suspended his campaign activity for the "next few days", his spokesperson told CNN.