Florida Threatened As Michael Strengthens Into A Hurricane

08 October, 2018, 19:26 | Author: Trevor Moore

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) says that Tropical Storm Michael was nearly a hurricane early Monday and is expected to reach Category 2 or stronger as it churns over the Gulf of Mexico in the next couple of days.

A hurricane watch stretches from the Alabama/Florida border (between Mobile and Pensacola) eastward to the Suwannee River, and hurricane warnings will likely follow for most or all of the area.

Michael battered parts of Mexico and Cuba with powerful winds and drenching rains on Sunday and into early Monday.

Tropical storm Michael is expected to intensify as it travels northwards in the Caribbean sea and it may have a major effect on United States oil production and transportation by mid-week.

"We all saw the damage that Hurricane Hermine did to the neighborhoods in its path just two years ago, and Tropical Storm Michael is forecasted to have similar impacts", Scott said. Hurricane weather advisories have been issued from the Suwannee River to the Alabama-Florida border as the storm continues on its trek through the Gulf of Mexico.

7 declared a state of emergency for several areas in Florida and "also directed the Florida National Guard to activate 500 guardsmen to assist with planning and logistics, and to prepare for response in impacted areas". "This storm will be life-threatening and extremely risky", Scott said, according to ActionNewsJax. The storm is expected to become a major Category 3 hurricane by the time it reaches the northern Gulf Coast on Wednesday.

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An Air Force hurricane hunter airplane was sent into the storm to investigate, the hurricane centre said.

Michael's maximum sustained winds had reached 70 miles per hour, it said.

Michael is the 13th named storm of the 2018 hurricane season.

Less than 24 hours later, on Monday, Micheal became a Category 1 hurricane. This rainfall could lead to life threatening flash floods.Florida Peninsula, Florida Keys, portions of the Mid-Atlantic States, and the southern New England coast.2 to 4 inches with local amounts of 6 inches.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who is also the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in the November 6 elections, said on Sunday he was cancelling his campaign events and returning to Tallahassee, the state capital, to focus on storm preparations. The storm is forecast to hit Tallahassee, FL, where Gillum is mayor.

The Gulf of Mexico is home to 17 percent of daily U.S. crude oil output and 5 percent of daily natural gas output, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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