The storm is forecast to move near the northeastern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula on Monday before moving across the eastern portion of the Gulf of Mexico on Monday night through Tuesday night, the NHC reports.
Officials are bracing for Tropical Storm Michael to strengthen into a hurricane before making landfall on the Florida Panhandle by mid-week.
Tropical Storm Michael is expected to move north through the Gulf of Mexico early this week before turning northeast toward the Florida Panhandle.
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A new tropical depression formed approximately 90 miles east of Chetumal, Mexico, early Sunday and it could develop into a hurricane with a direct impact to the Gulf Coast later this week.
Tropical Storm Michael is expected to bring its effects to the entire northern Gulf Coast and much of the Southeast - including Metro Atlanta.
An Air Force hurricane hunter airplane was sent into the storm to investigate, the hurricane center said. Strengthening is forecasted during the next several days and the depression is expected to become a tropical storm later on Sunday.
Just past the peak of Hurricane Season, Northwest Florida is watching a tropical depression off the east coast of Mexico near Belize.
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Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who is the Democratic nominee for governor, had planned to campaign in South Florida Monday and Tuesday, but he said he would return to Tallahassee to help with storm preparations.
Michael barely qualified as a tropical storm as it stalled south of the Yucatan Peninsula with 40 miles per hour winds Sunday afternoon. Forecast show it remaining a tropical storm as it tracks across the region.
The Hurricane Center predicts unsafe surf conditions will start to appear along the northern Gulf Coast on Tuesday.
The latest forecast cone now gets Michael to hurricane status by Wednesday, which remains the most likely date for landfall.
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