Florida Governor To Declare State Of Emergency Ahead Of Possible Hurricane

Aaron Brown
October 8, 2018

The hurricane center's current forecast track shows the storm is expected to strengthen further and could hit the Florida Panhandle as a Category I hurricane on Wednesday. The storm is most likely to make a direct strike on Florida's Gulf Coast, but coastal Alabama and MS also may deal with direct storm effects and should monitor forecasts. "The system could become a hurricane by Tuesday night or Wednesday", the hurricane center's advisory said.

As of 1 p.m. ET Sunday, the storm was located 90 miles of Cozumel, Mexico, and had 40 mph winds.

Tropical storm warnings have been posted for western Cuba and Mexico's northeast Yucatan Peninsula, including Cancun. Should the storm stay east most of our area would be on the dry side similar to Gordon earlier this year. This disturbance will become Tropical Storm Michael later Sunday.

It urged people in the Yucatan Penninsula, western Cuba and the northern Gulf Coast to keep on the system.

Scott declared an emergency when it was Tropical Depression 14 on Sunday morning.

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"By declaring this state of emergency, Governor Scott is ensuring that state and local government has ample time, resources and flexibility to get prepared for this storm".

This cyclone is expected to be in the Gulf of Mexico Monday, organizing into a tropical storm.

Right now, the National Hurricane Center's forecast path indicates Michael may make landfall between Pensacola and Destin, Fla., on Wednesday.

Because isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches are possible in western Cuba, the NHC warned of life-threatening flash floods and mudslides in areas of mountainous terrain. Air Force Hurricane Hunters are flying through Michael on Sunday afternoon and we'll begin to see a more complete picture of what the storm is doing tonight.

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