Tropical Depression Fourteen Forms Overnight, Possible Threat To Florida Panhandle

Storm Michael could soon form, hit U.S. midweek

Tropical storm warnings were posted for western Cuba and Mexico's northeast Yucatan Peninsula, including Cancun, weather.com reported.

A hurricane warning has been issued for the Cuban province of Pinar del Rio and tropical storm warnings are in effect for the Cuban province of Isle of Youth and the Mexican coast from Tulum to Cabo Catoche. Hurricane force winds extend 45 miles outside the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outwards 175 miles. Its movement speed was only 8 km/h.

On the NHC official forecast track, the center of the tropical cyclone will move through the Yucatan Channel on Monday morning and then across the eastern Gulf of Mexico late Monday through Wednesday. Hurricane conditions are expected within the next 12 hours, according to the NHC.

"Today, I will be declaring a state of emergency in counties in the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend and directing the State Emergency Operations Center to activate".

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Up to a foot of rain is possible in western Cuba, which could "lead to life-threatening flash floods and mudslides in areas of mountainous terrain", the hurricane center warned.

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Again, areas of high ground are expected to be most affected with the potential for a further 50-80 mm of rain quite widely. The storm is expected to bring heavy rain between 6am on Friday and 6pm on Saturday, particularly over south-facing hills.

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TS Michael has winds of 70 miles per hour and it could reach Category 2 strength by Tuesday. The storm is now situated east of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico and is forecast to travel north into the Gulf of Mexico over the next couple of days.

Scott, who announced he was declaring a state of emergency Sunday for 26 counties in the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend, said that afternoon that the storm will be slow, strong and will bring a risky storm surge."This storm will be life-threatening and extremely unsafe", he said in briefing Sunday evening.

Tropical Storm Michael is forecast to strengthen into a hurricane Monday afternoon and impact the Gulf Coast by the middle of the week.

Across Florida's panhandle and into southeast and central Georgia, residents are urged to keep an eye on strengthening Tropical Storm Michael. Hurricane Hunters are collecting data on the storm, and that data will be fed into our forecast models.

"As the storm looks right now, anywhere from 2" to 4" of rain is likely across the Piedmont, with higher amounts of 4 to 6" possible in some ares.

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