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Michael upgraded to hurricane, heads toward Florida
11 October 2018, 12:47 | Devin Moran
“Michael” Could be in Our Forecast by End of Week
A tropical depression became Tropical Storm Michael on Sunday and may become a hurricane by midweek, potentially bringing storm surges and heavy rainfall to the U.S. Gulf Coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. The storm is most likely to make a direct strike on Florida's Gulf Coast, but coastal Alabama and MS also may deal with direct storm effects and should monitor forecasts. The strengthening tropical storm is predicted to become a hurricane - and even an intense one.
If the storm tracks south of us, severe weather is not that likely, but if it tracks overhead, there would be a low threat of tornadoes.
Less than 2 inches of rain is forecast for South Mississippi, although it could be higher if feeder bands send multiple storms over the same areas, according to Harrison County Emergency Management Director Rupert Lacy.
The storm is expected to further 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.
As of 5 a.m. Monday, Tropical Storm Michael reached winds of 70 miles per hour and is moving through deep, warm water as it approaches the Gulf of Mexico.
The storm at 8 a.m. was travelling with 35-mph winds. Winds could gust anywhere from 30-60 miles per hour.
Before that, seas will build across the gulf early this week as the storm churns northward, creating dangers for swimmers and boaters well ahead of the storm, AccuWeather warned.
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