Could see tropical winds, flooding from possible Gulf hurricane

Could see tropical winds, flooding from possible Gulf hurricane

Could see tropical winds, flooding from possible Gulf hurricane

The storm could strengthen into a hurricane by Monday night or Tuesday as its center moves over the Yucatan Channel, crosses the Gulf of Mexico and nears the Florida Panhandle coast sometime Wednesday, the center said.

Forecasts show the depression will likely reach tropical storm wind levels sometime in the next 24 hours and will reach hurricane strength at 7 a.m. Wednesday, shortly before making landfall, and then reducing again to tropical storm strength.

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While in the Gulf, models are indicating that Michael may strengthen and become a hurricane before reaching the northeastern Gulf Coast.

The storm center was located about 90 miles south of Cozumel, Mexico, or 225 miles southwest of the western tip of Cuba. This area is expected to face the full range of hurricane hazards as early as Tuesday, which include torrential rain, damaging winds, coastal flooding from rising ocean waters or storm surge and tornadoes.

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Tropical Storm Michael is expected to bring its effects to the entire northern Gulf Coast and much of the Southeast - including Metro Atlanta.

Tropical Storm Michael became the 13th named storm of the season in the Atlantic, the National Hurricane Center said Sunday afternoon.

The storm now has maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour with higher gusts. The model has the storm passing through SC sometime Thursday. "The system is east of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo off of the Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula".

Based on the current forecast track, Michael would provide rain to our area from late Wednesday until early Friday morning. It is forecast to move into the Gulf over the next couple days and strengthen.

The National Weather Center in Jacksonville was not down-playing the effects on northeast Florida, including Flagler County.

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