Hurricane Michael expected to strengthen as it approaches Florida

Tropical Storm Michael, Heading North, Could Become Category 2 Hurricane

Tropical Storm Michael will be a hurricane today. It’s heading toward the Carolinas | The Herald Sun

The governor says she will continue to monitor Hurricane Michael, along with the Alabama Emergency Management Agency.

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. That's the region that stretches from Mobile, Alabama, through the Florida Panhandle and into the Big Bend area of northern Florida.

Aside from causing power outages, flooding and property damage, Michael could also worsen a toxic algae bloom that has plagued Florida's beaches for a year.

"The main hazards will be gusty winds, flooding and isolated tornadoes", the National Weather Service's Hazardous Weather Outlook for South Florida said at 11 a.m. Monday.

Once the storm moves onto land, it will start to slow down and will most likely be significantly weaker than it is now, Steve Pfaff, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, said.

Shelters openings have not yet been announced. "It doesn't look like its going to track directly over us". How that impacts our schools.

"Make sure you have plenty of food, water and medications up-to-date", he said.

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There were no plans to close schools as of Monday, the statement said. Big Bend Counties are beginning to announce school closures, sandbag locations and additional safety information.

"We are looking at the forecast right now for our county". Areas east of Columbus area are in a zone of 4 to 6 inches. "(If it's) the low-lying area (with) poor drainage, then, yeah, flooding might be an issue". It was moving to the north at 7 miles per hour.

By later Wednesday into Thursday, we'll introduce the stormier conditions due to Michael. Schools will be closed Tuesday, with no word yet on when they will re-open. From there, the storm will quickly move northeastward into the Carolinas by Thursday.

The governor declared a state of emergency for Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Gadsden, Liberty, Franklin, Leon, Wakulla, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Hamilton, Suwannee, Lafayette, Dixie, Columbia, Gilchrist, Levy and Citrus counties.

The extraordinary high tides are expected Tuesday.

"Alabama is once again in the path of a hurricane, but I know Alabamians will once again come together and be prepared for whatever Michael may bring", Ivey stated.

"A hurricane is not coming our way". "There's no reason to do a mad dash right now". Overall, the models seem to be coming into better agreement, though any subtle change can still mean major implications as it relates to coastal impacts. One man named Richard said he lives nowhere in the areas expected to feel the brunt of Michael.

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