Tropical Storm Michael Will Become a Hurricane Monday

Tropical Storm Michael Will Become a Hurricane Monday

The storm now has maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour.

More than 45 per cent of the nation's refining capacity is located along the US Gulf Coast, which also is home to 51 per cent of total US natural gas processing capability.

Michael is no longer a tropical storm. "You can not hide from storm surge, so get out if an evacuation is ordered". "That's the criticality of following directions".

The storm was expected to brush the westernmost province of Pinar Del Rio, where most of Cuba's famed cigar tobacco is grown, before continuing north to the United States.

Much of the state saw the "real thing" previous year, when Hurricane Irma force more than 6 million evacuations, flooded cities and left millions without power.

Of the elderly and infirm patients, Scott had a blunt message for their caregivers: "If you're responsible for a patient, you're responsible for the patient". "That means you need to make sure that you have backup generation power, or you shouldn't be taking care of the patients". Rick Scott posted a series of tweets warning residents to prepare and evacuate. Storm surge could reach a monstrous 12 feet in some areas - enough to "easily go over the roofs of some houses", he said.

Forecasters say the storm will gain more intensity through Tuesday, with a chance it will weaken somewhat as it nears land in Florida. "Do not think you can survive it". "This storm has the potential to bring devastating impacts to communities across the Panhandle and Big Bend and every family must be prepared". "This is the real thing, a significant threat to life and safety". "I am concerned about the cone of uncertainty as Hurricane Michael is leaning west today".

Gov. Kay Ivey has declared a state of emergency in Alabama as Hurricane Michael takes aim at Gulf coast.

If it makes landfall as a Category 4, it'll be the strongest hurricane to hit the Florida Panhandle in recorded history, CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said. Tropical storm warnings cover 8.5 million people in several states. The storm moves north toward the Gulf Coast and is expected to be a major hurricane.

Parts of Florida may receive up to 30cm of rain, leading to the possibility of severe flooding.

Hurricane watches have been issued for the Alabama-Florida border, meaning hurricane conditions are expected within the next 48 hours as the storm continues to rapidly intensify.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 km).

Michael is now centered about 120 miles east northeast of Cozumel and 70 miles south of the western tip of Cuba, and it is expected to work its way into the Gulf of Mexico, where warm waters will make the storm much stronger. Storm surge could reach heights of 6 to 9 feet from the Okaloosa-Walton County line to Mexico Beach and from Keaton Beach to Cedar Key.

The Florida Highway Patrol is pre-deploying 100 State Troopers to the Panhandle and Big Bend area of Florida in preparation for Hurricane Michael.

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

In Gulf County alone, the first to begin ordering residents of low-lying areas to higher ground, mandatory evacuation notices encompassed an estimated 3,800 homes, said Jessica Sasich of the county's emergency operations centre. The storm, with maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour, is expected to become a hurricane later today-and could be a major hurricane by Tuesday night or Wednesday.

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