Florida Governor says Tropical Storm Michael storm become category 2 hurricane

Potential Tropical Cyclone Could Hit The US This Week

National Weather Service The recently upgraded tropical storm is forecast to become a hurricane before making landfall along Florida's Panhandle.

The storm could strengthen into a hurricane by Tuesday night or Wednesday, the hurricane center said. This could lead to life-threatening flash flooding in some areas. "You can not hide from this storm".

The storm was located by 11 p.m. ET Sunday about 105 miles (165 kilometers) east-southeast of Cozumel, Mexico and moving to the north at about 5 mph (7 kph).

Rick Scott announced that he will on Sunday declare a state of emergency for counties in the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend as the state continues to monitor and prepare for what could become Hurricane Michael. Overnight Tuesday, Florida Gov.

Evacuations have been ordered in parts of 10 counties.

Panama City is about 375 miles away from Tampa.

Ann Beaver was among the many city residents who lost power that time - and braced for a similar experience to come.

"Today it is about life and safety", Gillum said.

Much of the state saw the "real thing" previous year, when Hurricane Irma force more than 6 million evacuations, flooded cities and left millions without power. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days.

Scott has suspended his U.S. Senate campaign for the "next few days" to oversee response to Michael, CNN reported Sunday night.

Additionally, 4 to 8 inches of rainfall, with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches, have been forecast for parts of Florida and the adjacent Gulf Coast states.

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. "It's going to be fast moving and we're not likely to see a lot of widespread flooding, but certainly minor flooding is a possibility".

Chris Holcomb and the 11Alive Storm Trackers team will have full coverage all week of Tropical Hurricane Michael and bring you full details on what sort of effects it will have on our weather in and across the state of Georgia.

"You cannot hide from storm surge, so get prepared and get out if evacuations are ordered".

Residents of Florida's Panhandle frantically filled sandbags, boarded up homes and secured boats Monday as they anxiously awaited Hurricane Michael, which forecasters warned could smash into the state's Gulf Coast as a risky major hurricane within days.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who is also the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in the November 6 election, said on Sunday he was cancelling his campaign events and returning to Tallahassee, the state capital, to focus on storm preparations. "They are their best first responders".

The NHC has now issued a hurricane warning for Cuba and a hurricane watch for the Florida Panhandle coast.

The exact track and timing of Michael still remains uncertain, so exact impacts will change as the forecast becomes more clear.

"Take this seriously and keep your family safe", Scott said from Bay County on Monday.

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