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Tropical Storm Michael could form late Sunday, hit the USA midweek

11 October 2018

A warning indicates tropical storm conditions are expected, in this case, within 24 hours.

Meteorologists said a hurricane building in the Gulf of Mexico is likely to bring tropical storm force winds and heavy rain to Lowndes County and the rest of South Georgia later this week. On the forecast track, the low or the tropical cyclone should move near the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico tonight through Sunday night, and then move into the southern Gulf of Mexico on Monday.

In the Caribbean, a hurricane warning is in effect for the Cuban province of Pinar del Rio - where most of Cuba's famed cigar tobacco is grown - and a tropical storm warning has been issued for the Isle of Youth. It was moving north at a slightly higher speed of 5 miles per hour.

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As of 8 a.m. EDT Monday, the storm was centred about 120 miles (190 kilometres) east-northeast of Cozumel, Mexico, and moving to the north at about 7 mph (11 kph).

They also believe that Michael will produce four to eight inches of rain in Western Cuba, with maximum amounts of 12 inches.

"This storm will be life-threatening and extremely risky", Scott said in a briefing Sunday.

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Systems gets upgraded to named storms when wind strength exceeds 39 miles per hour. This could lead to life-threatening flash flooding in some areas.

While the storm's projected path shows it making a landfall somewhere along the Florida panhandle on Wednesday, Tampa Bay will also be feeling some impacts. Michael is forecasted to become a major hurricane by Tuesday or Tuesday night.

Michael is expected to gradually strengthen and lift northward into the Gulf of Mexico on Monday, becoming a hurricane Monday night into Tuesday, according to a press release from the National Weather Service Charleston.

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Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency this morning and urged Panhandle and Big Bend residents to prepare for Tropical Depression 14. Hurricane force winds extend 45 miles outside the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outwards 175 miles. The North Carolina division of emergency management stated Sunday that the forecast calls for 3 to 5 inches of rain over the next seven days across parts of southeastern North Carolina. Tuesday and Wednesday's forecasts will be highly dependent on the track.

Tropical Storm Michael could form late Sunday, hit the USA midweek