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Tropical Storm Michael Will Become a Hurricane Monday

09 October 2018
Tropical Storm Michael Will Become a Hurricane Monday

Oil companies, including BP, Equinor, Exxon Mobil Corp and BHP Billiton, on Monday started evacuating personnel from oil and gas production platforms as Hurricane Michael began its trek up the eastern U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

Right now, the National Hurricane Center's forecast path shows Michael may make landfall between Pensacola and Destin, Florida, on Wednesday.

The Atlantic Basin has seen seven hurricanes this year. However, most other parts of the Gulf will see swell as well, including Texas and the West Coast of Florida.

The hurricane centre warned that the storm could produce up to 30 centimetres of rain in western Cuba, potentially triggering flash floods and mudslides in mountainous areas.

The National Hurricane center continues to monitor Hurricane Michael.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for... "EVERY FAMILY must be prepared". "Hopefully we will have no one hurt and no loss of life", Ziffer added.

As of 11 a.m.

"Despite upwelling that is presumably [occurring] beneath the slow-moving hurricane, cloud tops have actually cooled over the past few hours", reads a forecast discussion of the storm. The storm is expected to gain hurricane status by Monday night or Tuesday as its center moves over the Yucatan Channel and then crosses the Gulf of Mexico, nearing the Florida Panhandle coast by Wednesday. Strengthening is forecast during the next several days, and Michael could become a hurricane by Tuesday night or Wednesday. NNE OR 20 DEGREES AT 3 miles per hour...6 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...999 MB...29.50 INCHES WATCHES AND WARNINGS ------- CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY: None SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT: A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...

The governor warns that storm surge could be as high as 8-10 feet (2.4-3 meters) in some parts of the Panhandle and 2-4 feet (0.6-1.2 meters) in the Tampa Bay area.

Water being forced on shore by the storm could get trapped in estuaries and rivers and pushed inland.

Areas to the east of where the storm center tracks will experience the greatest storm surge, and flooding will be worst around the high tides.

The Democratic nominee was highly visible Monday, checking in at the local Emergency Operations Center and touring a new electrical substation being fired up for the first time. From Navarre, westward to the Baldwin County line, a Storm Surge Watch covers that area. Isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches are possible in western Cuba.

The only other storm now in the Atlantic Ocean is Tropical Storm Leslie, which has zig-zagged in intensity. And for being around for 16 days, it is presently centered just 115 miles from where it was when it formed.

Tropical Storm Leslie's path on October 8, 2018. A warning indicates tropical storm conditions are expected, in this case, within 24 hours. The next name on the list is Nadine.