Tropical Storm Michael to become a hurricane ‘very soon’ 

Posted: 8:22 am Monday, October 8th, 2018

By Eric "Hollywood" Davis STAR 94.5

Tropical Storm Michael

Tropical Storm Michael has formed in the northwestern Caribbean Sea, and it could make landfall later this week as a Category 2 hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Update 7:58 a.m. EDT Oct. 8: Tropical Storm Michael is “expected to become a hurricane very soon” and is pounding western Cuba with heavy rain and strong winds, the National Hurricane Center said in its 8 a.m. EDT advisory.

The storm has maximum sustained winds of 70 mph and is about 120 miles east-northeast of Cozumel, Mexico, and 70 miles south of Cuba’s western tip. It is moving north at 7 mph, the advisory said.

Update 5:05 a.m. EDT Oct. 8: Tropical Storm Michael has almost reached hurricane strength, the National Hurricane Center said early Monday in its latest advisory.

The storm has maximum sustained winds of 70 mph and is about 90 miles east of Cozumel, Mexico, and 100 miles south-southwest of the western tip of Cuba. It is moving north at 7 mph.

A hurricane watch has been issued for Florida’s Panhandle and Big Bend, the advisory said.

Update 11:15 p.m. EDT Oct. 7: Florida Gov. Rick Scott has issued a state of emergency in 26 counties across the Panhandle as Tropical Storm Michael takes aim at the state.

Scott has suspended his Senate campaign to focus on the impending storm, he announced Sunday.

“This storm will be life-threatening and extremely dangerous,” he warned during a Sunday afternoon briefing.

“This storm has the potential to bring devastating impacts to the Panhandle and Big Bend and every family must be prepared,” Scott said.

The National Hurricane Center said an Air Force hurricane hunter plane would investigate Tropical Storm Michael.

Michael is the 13th named storm of the 2018 hurricane season.

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