Florida Government has issued a State of Emergency ahead Tropical storm Michael (Hurricane on Landfall)
Tropical storm Michael is expected to affect the Flordia Panhandle as a category 1 or 2 by the time it reaches the Florida panhandle bringing potential storm surge, flooding rain and hurricane-force winds by Wednesday.
Some models do indicate a possible Category 3
Per National Hurricane Center
…AIRCRAFT FINDS MICHAEL STRONGER…
…HEAVY RAINS EXPECTED OVER WESTERN CUBA TONIGHT AND MONDAY…
…THREAT TO THE NORTHEASTERN U.S. GULF COAST INCREASING…
A Tropical Storm Warning continues for the Cuban provinces of Pinar del Rio and the Isle of Youth, and for the coast of Mexico from Tulum to Cabo Catoche, including Cozumel. Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the coast within the warning area by this evening or tonight, making outside preparations difficult or dangerous. Interests along the northeastern and central U.S. Gulf coast should monitor the progress of Michael. For storm information specific to your area, please monitor products issued by your national meteorological service.
Tropical Storm Michael is centered as of 4 p.m. CDT about 190 miles (305 km) south-southwest of the western tip of Cuba. It’s moving toward the north-northeast near 3 mph (6 km/h). On the forecast track, the center of Michael will move over the Yucatan Channel on Monday, and then across the eastern Gulf of Mexico late Monday through Tuesday night, and approach the northeastern Gulf coast on Wednesday.
Data from an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is expected to occur during the next few days, and Michael is forecast to become a hurricane Monday night or Tuesday.
The risk of dangerous storm surge, rainfall, and wind impacts continues to increase for the northeastern Gulf Coast by mid-week. Michael is expected to affect portions of the Florida Gulf Coast that are especially vulnerable to storm surge, regardless of the storm’s exact track or intensity. Residents in these areas should monitor the progress of this system and follow any advice given by local officials.