Warnings Issued for Hurricane Michael

An are of low pressure in the far western Caribbean is expected to develop into a tropical depression or even a tropical storm on Sunday. Michaels is the next name up. The storm could threaten the U.S. Gulf Coast by Wednesday

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President Trump, speaking at a law enforcement convention in Florida, said his administration is prepared to deal with the impacts of Hurricane Michael.

"We expect less rain to fall with Michael, when compared to Florence", Kottlowski said. We will likely see winds in the 10 to 20 miles per hour range with some possible gusts to 30 miles per hour.

"This storm will be life-threatening and extremely risky", Gov Scott said after he received a briefing at the state's emergency management centre.

A statement from Ivey's office warns of possible wide-spread power outages, wind damage and debris as the result of high winds and heavy rain. The storm moves north toward the Gulf Coast and is expected to be a major hurricane.

Michael began as a disturbance in the Atlantic Ocean and became a tropical storm over the weekend.

With the ground saturated from Hurricane Florence, inland flooding is also predicted.

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But forecasters expect the wind shear buffering the storm to decrease today, allowing it to continue to mushroom in wind speed. The Federal Emergency Management Agency had numerous teams deployed and ready to respond, said FEMA spokesman Jeff Byard.

A hurricane warning was issued from the Alabama-Florida border eastward to Suwannee River.

Heavy rain is not expected on Monday.

It is forecasted to make landfall as a strong Category 3 hurricane in the Florida Panhandle by Wednesday.

As the storm moved north it battered Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and western Cuba with drenching rains and winds of up to 130 kph, the Miami-based hurricane center said.

Astronomical King Tide cycles will cause extra high storm surge on portions of the Florida Gulf Coast with the highest 7-11 foot surge near Apalachicola to Crystal River, 4-6 feet near Crystal River to Anclote River, and 2-4 feet around Tampa Bay.

Authorities earlier ordered residents of northwest Florida to leave their homes ahead of Hurricane Michael.

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Flash flooding and tornadoes are also possible with any hurricane and parts of Alabama have been placed under tropical storm watches or warnings.

Speaking alongside emergency officials in Pasco County, Scott said Monday he's waiving tolls.

Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in 35 counties along Florida's Panhandle and Big Bend regions.

But with the storm remaining well out to our west and it keeping forward speed our impacts will be limited.

Michael has the potential to be the strongest storm in the region since Hurricane Eloise swept across Bay County in September 1975 with 110 miles per hour winds.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said the storm could unleash coastal storm surges of up to 3.7 meters along the Florida Panhandle and dump up to 30 cm of rain across Florida, Georgia and SC. He added that the hurricane looks like "a big one". He urged residents to quickly wrap up final storm preparations Monday, calling it a "monstrous storm" with great destructive potential.

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