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

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

Michael battered parts of Mexico and Cuba with powerful winds and drenching rains on Sunday and into early Monday.

Even though the storm is predicted to make landfall Wednesday further north, Scott warned that areas as far south as Tampa Bay could be battered by risky storm surge as the storm passes by.

Gov. Rick Scott will declare a state of emergency today as Navarre braces for the arrival of what's forecast to become Hurricane Michael.

The conditions presented by county officials Monday are subject to change as the storm continues to track closer to Florida's coast.

This would make the storm a major hurricane with maximum sustained winds of between 111 and 129 miles per hour.

A Hurricane Watch is now in effect from the Alabama-Florida border to Suwannee River, Florida.

The US National Hurricane Center on Sunday upgraded Michael from a tropical depression to a named tropical storm, saying Michael had winds of up to 50mph The storm could strengthen into a hurricane by Monday night or Tuesday as its center moves over the Yucatan Channel, crosses the Gulf of Mexico and nears the Florida Panhandle coast sometime Wednesday.

Hurlburt's weather staff and base leaders have analyzed the current storm forecast and decided a personnel evacuation is not necessary, the base said.

The storm achieved hurricane status with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour Monday morning, triggering warnings of a life-threatening storm surge that could hit the Florida Gulf Coast.

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"This is a part of the Gulf of Mexico that is incredibly vulnerable to storm surge", Graham said. Scott also activated 500 members of the Florida National Guard ahead of the storm. Meanwhile, Hurricane Michael is forecast to hit Florida's northwestern coast by October 10.

"Do not take a chance on storm surge", Scott said. Forecasters warned that the storm could produce up to a foot (30 centimeters) of rain in western Cuba, potentially triggering flash floods and mudslides in mountainous areas.

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The storm was about 220 kilometres east-northwest of Cozumel, Mexico, with maximum sustained winds of winds of 120 kilometres per hour, forecasters said.

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.

"As this system moves north into the Gulf, it is going to drag a lot of moisture up over Cuba and into South Florida".

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