Nicondra: Tropical Storm In the Gulf of Mexico Likely

Sergio Conner
October 10, 2018

Scott issued an order for a state of emergency for 26 counties in the Florida Panhandle and the Big Bend area. Officials are urging residents to be prepared by making sure their cars are filled with gas and hurricane supply kits are stocked.

10 A.M.: According to the National Hurricane Center's Advisory No. 4, Tropical Depression 14 continues to become better organized and is near tropical storm strength.

There could still be some changes to the forecast - but right now it looks like the center will stay east of Louisiana with the strong winds and heavy rain on the eastern side over Florida.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, Florida's Democratic nominee for governor, had planned to campaign in South Florida on Monday and Tuesday, but instead threw himself into helping his city's residents fill sandbags and get their storm preparations completed.

He said: "Our state understands how serious tropical weather is and how devastating any hurricane or tropical storm can be".

As of 11 p.m. Tuesday, Michael is centered about 220 miles south of Panama City, Florida, and moving north at 12 mph.

In Cuba on Sunday, Michael was expected to dump as much as 12 inches (30 cm) of rain in western parts of the island.

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A tropical storm that rapidly formed off Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula has gained new strength and could become a unsafe Category 2 hurricane with an expected midweek strike on the Gulf Coast in the Florida Panhandle, forecasts say. "There's nothing between us and this storm but warm water and I think that's what terrifies us about the potential impacts". This would be enough to cause some limited power outages and possibly a few downed trees Thursday. That came after the two clashed in 2016 about the city's response to Hurricane Hermine. A lot of seaweed was washing on to shore, she said, and the county started closing beach ramps to driving earlier because of the high tide.

In a news conference Sunday evening in Tallahassee, Florida Gov. Rick Scott warned that the storm could have far-reaching effects, regardless of where it lands.

"You cannot hide from storm surge, so get prepared and get out if evacuations are ordered". "We're going to get storm surge, we have wind, we have a chance of flooding, we have a significant chance of tornadoes".

Tropical Storm Michael moves near the western tip of Cuba.

"You always take precautions; wind damage can still happen that far inland", he said. "Higher amounts of 2" to locally 3" will be possible across southern Maryland, closer to the center of Michael's path.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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