Tropical Depression #14 likely to become Hurricane Michael

Tropical Storm Michael may threaten Gulf Coast in the coming week

Elsewhere, the hurricane center is monitoring two areas of low pressure.

Outer bands from Michael are expected to produce up to 4 inches (10 cm) of rain through Tuesday in the Florida Keys, one of several areas in the state devastated by Hurricane Irma previous year.

Michael is now a major hurricane with max sustained winds of 125 miles per hour and gusts to 155 miles per hour. Michael is now a strong category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. A Category 2 hurricane has sustained winds of 96 to 110 miles per hour.

At sundown, Scott said Michael's winds were 50 miles an hour, with a high risk of tornadoes spinning off from the storm, particularly on its eastern side.

The eye is expected to move inland over the Florida panhandle or Florida Big Bend area on Wednesday.

But forecasters noted there is an increasing risk of risky surge, rainfall and wind for those in the cone. A hurricane watch is in effect from the Alabama-Florida border eastward to the Suwanee River, and tropical storm watches have been issued from the Suwanee River to Anna Maria Island and from the Alabama-Florida border to the Mississippi-Alabama border. If the forecast is correct, Michael would be the 11th major hurricane to hit Florida in October since records began in 1851, Colorado State University meteorologist Phil Klotzbach said.

Michael is the seventh hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season.

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"Everybody's got to get ready".

The National Weather Service in Tallahassee said: "This is a storm to definitely take very seriously".

Due to the position of the cyclone as now forecast, we will see a threat of heavy rain, damaging tropical storm strength winds, and isolated tornadoes.

A news release from the Governor's office stated that declaring a state of emergency ensures that state and local governments have ample time, resources and flexibility to prepare for the storm.

Voluntary, and in some cases, mandatory, evacuations were issued in some areas along the Florida Panhandle coast. More than 100,000 people were ordered out of a long swath of low-lying communities, including many in Bay County, home of Panama City. He is working out of the State's Emergency Operations Center.

"Hurricane conditions will continue over portions of the far western Cuban province of Pinar del Rio through this evening".

The hurricane center warned that the storm could produce a foot (30 centimeters) of rain in western Cuba, potentially triggering flash floods and mudslides in mountainous areas. The storm could inundate more than one-fourth of that coast's dunes, causing flooding behind the protective dune line, said Kara Doran, leader of the USGS Coastal Change Hazards Storm Team.

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