Florida Governor To Declare State Of Emergency Ahead Of Possible Hurricane

Tropical Storm Michael forms expected to become hurricane next week

After hitting Florida, the storm is forecast to move northeast on Wednesday and Thursday along the Atlantic Coast and batter the Carolinas, which are still recovering from Hurricane Florence last month.

In the Washington DC region we are expecting a plume of deep tropical moisture associated with Michael to enhance our threat of rain, showers & t-storms Thursday ahead of a cold front. Forecast models have come into better agreement on strength and track now that a defined center has formed. Hurricane conditions are expected within the next 12 hours, according to the NHC.

The system is expected to bring rain around the same time the King Tide is expected, making St. Augustine and other areas more vulnerable to flooding.

Hurricane Michael is now a Category 1 hurricane as of the 2 PM advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

Michael is expected to become a hurricane late Monday or early Tuesday, according to the center.

As of the 11 a.m. advisory Monday, the NHC upgraded Michael to a category 1 hurricane, with winds of 75 miles per hour. As of right now it is forecasted to make landfall Wednesday.

"This storm will be life-threatening and extremely unsafe", Scott said Sunday after receiving a briefing at the State Emergency Operations Center.

Additionally, sea surface temperatures where a hurricane Michael will travel are near 30C, plenty warm enough to fuel a major hurricane and to strengthen the storm.

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Michael will arrive as an "extremely dangerous" storm Wednesday afternoon with winds of 145 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said in its 8 a.m. update Wednesday.

A state of emergency was issued on Sunday by Florida Governor Rick Scott for the 26 counties in the Florida Panhandle and the Big Bend area. As a result the first warnings for storm surge have also been released.

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

The hurricane center advised residents along the northeastern and central U.S. Gulf Coast to monitor the storm's progress.

A Tropical Storm Watch was issued from Suwannee River to Anna Maria Island, which also includes Tampa Bay.

"Isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches are possible in western Cuba", the hurricane center said. "Later today, I will receive a full update and briefing on the forecast and potential impacts of the storm from federal, state and local emergency management officials".

Hurricane force winds extend outwards as much as 30 miles and tropical-storm-force winds up to 175 miles from the center of Michael.

In Polk County, the hurricane could produce tropical-storm-force winds, along with a smattering of rain.

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