Hurricane Michael to make landfall on Florida Panhandle as powerful Category 4

Tropical Storm Michael forms expected to become hurricane next week

Impacts from Tropical Storm Michael will be experienced much sooner than the actual landfall itself (which occurs when the due center of the eye crosses over land). Forecast models have come into better agreement on strength and track now that a defined center has formed.

Its maximum sustained winds were measured at 70 miles per hour.

However, over the next 24 hours or so, those winds are expected to subside and become more favorable, and additional strengthening of this system is expected as it passes across the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

FEMA administrator Brock Long said the agency was prepared for the storm in all the states likely to feel Michael's impact.

The fact there have been these events in recent weeks and months does mean that for some global re/insurance players, aggregate and attritional losses have been mounting, meaning that any sizeable losses from hurricane Michael could see reinsurance and retrocessional arrangements quickly coming into play. Parts of Florida's curvy Big Bend could see up to 12 feet of storm surge, while Michael also could dump up to a foot of rain over some Panhandle communities as it moves inland, forecasters said.

Hurricane Michael is located 140 miles east-northeast of Cozumel, Mexico and is moving to the north at 7 mph (11 km/h).

The threat for tornadoes will increase late Tuesday into Wednesday over parts of the Florida panhandle, the northern Florida Peninsula, and southern Georgia.

The Hurricane Center's forecast calls for Michael to become a hurricane later Monday and make landfall Wednesday with 100 miles per hour winds, which would make it a Category 2 on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale.

Scott declared a state of emergency for 35 counties, and activated 2,500 National Guard troops and made more than 300 state troopers available for deployment.

"If you decide to stay in your home and a tree falls on your house or the storm surge catches you and you're now calling for help, there's no one that can respond to help you", Morgan said.

The north Florida city of Tallahassee on Sunday opened two locations where residents could get sandbags in case of flooding.

Storm and storm surge watches were issued for the Gulf Coast from the Mississippi-Alabama border to Chassahowitzka, Florida, north of Tampa Bay.

Forecasters advised residents along the northeastern and central U.S. Gulf Coast to monitor the storm's progress. Isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches are possible in western Cuba. He returned to Tallahassee Sunday morning to oversee the state's response to the storm.

Since Michael will be moving so fast there is a chance for tropical storm winds here in the Carolinas gusting over 35 miles per hour.



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