Tropical Storm Michael forms in the Caribbean

Tropical Storm Michael forms in the Caribbean

The declaration would free up resources for storm preparation. Gov. Rick Scott announced Sunday that he planned to declare a state of emergency for counties in the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend.

Forecast models indicate that it could organize and strengthen into a tropical storm or a weak hurricane before making landfall along the Mississippi/Alabama/Florida coast sometime Wednesday or Thursday.

For storm information specific to your area, please monitor products issued by your national meteorological service. Theres an 80 percent chance the system will form into a tropical depression or tropical storm in the next 48 hours, the weather service said.

NHC forecasters say that this general motion with some increase in forward speed is expected over the next few days.

It is possible the system could make landfall in the Florida Panhandle, but it is too early to determine an exact location and specific impacts.

Several rounds of thunderstorms and heavy rain are once again developing in the Plains and Midwest on Sunday morning. The storm was stationary with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour. If it continues to strengthen, it will be known as Michael.

Hazardous marine conditions in the Atlantic and Gulf coasts and high-risk rip currents also will continue to be a threat.

Minor coastal flooding is likely to start along the SC coast this evening.

NEW ORLEANS - he tropical disturbance is now TD 14 and expected to become Tropical Storm Michael once in the Gulf.

Nelson cautioned against social-media speculations on the storm's impact. Scott said in the statement.

The State Emergency Operations Center activated to a Level 2, which means the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) has activated, enhancing coordination between federal, state and local emergency management agencies. 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.

Scott is scheduled to receive a full briefing at 5 p.m. Sunday.

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