Alabama Declares State of Emergency as Hurricane Michael Grows Nearer

Alabama Declares State of Emergency as Hurricane Michael Grows Nearer

Alabama Declares State of Emergency as Hurricane Michael Grows Nearer

Michael's trek to Florida is also affecting politics in the state.

Heavy rainfall and strong winds were spreading across western Cuba yesterday.

The storm is moving north at 9 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour.

Michael, moving toward the US Gulf Coast, is now a Category 1 hurricane, the National Hurricane Center said.

A state of emergency was issued in Alabama on Monday as "dangerous" Hurricane Michael continues to barrel toward the US, with the potential to hit the Florida Panhandle mid-week. A Storm Surge Watch has also been issued from Navarre, Florida to Anna Maria Island, including Tampa Bay. Flash flooding and tornadoes are also possible and parts of Alabama have been placed under tropical storm watches or warnings.

Hurricane Michael's expected wind path as of 5 p.m. Monday.

That is close to what we can probably expect from Michael at landfall.

Florida's governor mobilized National Guard troops and ordered Gulf Coast residents to evacuate as Hurricane Michael churned toward shore on Monday, with "life threatening" storm surges, winds and flooding feared when it makes landfall on Wednesday. The center of the storm is then expected to move across Georgia as a tropical storm, before moving across the Carolinas and southeast Virginia before going back out to sea by next weekend.

Michael, which formed near the Yucatan Peninsula on Sunday, is expected to dump 4 to 8 inches of rain - and as much as 12 inches in some areas - on western Cuba before it hits the United States.

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The latest wind speed probabilities show over a 50 percent chance of winds of 40 miles per hour or greater for most of our area. The area isn't expected to be any worse off than a typical summer day, with a slight increase in precipitation possible thanks to the outer bands of the storm. Hurricane watches are issued 48 hours before the arrival of tropical-storm-force winds which is when outside preparations become risky.

Tropical storm conditions are expected over the northeastern Yucatan Peninsula and the Isle of Youth today.

Mark Wool, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Tallahassee, said the storm will be more damaging than Hurricane Hermine, which hit Tallahassee and other areas of the Big Bend in 2016.

The governor issued the warning after a briefing by Pasco's emergency personnel at the county's emergency operations center, the hotspot for county officials and first responders during and after a storm.

When looking at the forecast cone, remember this represents where the center of the storm will go, and it could be anywhere within the cone of uncertainty. Together, they look like "spaghetti".

"#Michael could produce three life-threatening hazards along portions of the northeastern Gulf Coast: storm surge, heavy rainfall, and hurricane-force winds, with storm surge and hurricane watches in effect", the NHC said on Twitter.

This storm is very different than Florence because it will NOT stall. Monday, it became the seventh hurricane of 2018 in the Atlantic Basin.

According to ABC News, the storm is around 120 miles east-northeast of Cozumel, Mexico, and its maximum sustained wind speeds have reached up to 70 mph.

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