Hurricane Michael Expected to Grow into a Major Hurricane

Hurricane Michael Expected to Grow into a Major Hurricane

The NWS also warned of life-threatening winds along the Florida Gulf Coast.

"You can't survive storm surge", he said. "That's the criticality of following directions".

Much of the state saw the "real thing" past year, when Hurricane Irma force more than 6 million evacuations, flooded cities and left millions without power.

"If you're responsible for a patient, you're responsible for the patient". It's a good idea to make sure all of your devices are charged, you have flashlights, and batteries and power outages are likely. "So my expectation is everybody gets taken care of".

"This storm will be life threatening and extremely risky". "Do not think you can survive it". The worst conditions for central Georgia will be Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

"We are running out of time". Hurricane Michael in the Caribbean could have also contributed. Storm surge impacts will extend well outside the cone of concern.

In neighbouring Alabama, Governor Kay Ivey declared an emergency for the entire state on Monday in anticipation of wind damage, heavy rains and power outages.

Heavy rains and strong winds are spreading across Western Cuba today.

The Suncoast is at the very southern edge of the impacts expected from Hurricane Michael as it lifts north.

The NHC said Michael could still grow stronger before it reaches the Florida coast. "And that amount of rain could lead to some flash flooding and the possibility that there could be a couple of tornadoes".

Two days ago, Hurricane Michael didn't exist. In a Monday afternoon update, forecasters said winds have increased to almost 80 miles per hour (129 kph) as the storm moves north at almost 9 miles per hour (14 kph).

After striking Florida, Michael is forecast to move up the east coast on Wednesday and Thursday, plowing through the Carolinas, still recovering from Hurricane Florence last month.

The storm was located about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of Cuba's western tip and 520 miles (837 kilometers) south of Apalachicola, Florida.

Additionally, we have a Storm Surge Watch up for Tampa Bay Waters as well as High Surf Advisories, Rip Current Advisories and a Small Craft Advisory.

A hurricane Warning was issued from the Alabama-Florida border eastward to Suwannee River.

Speaking alongside emergency officials in Pasco County, Scott said Monday he's waiving tolls.

By declaring a State of Emergency, Governor Ivey is directing the activation of the Alabama Emergency Operations Plan. "However, enough rain will fall to cause urban, small stream and some river flooding in the region with a general 4 to -8 inches of rain".

Michael could cause erosion at the base of sand dunes along three-fourths of Florida Panhandle beaches, the U.S. Geological Service said. In fact, the situation is already looking so dire for a midweek landfall on the Florida panhandle that Governor Rick Scott has preemptively declared states of emergency in numerous counties while suspending his own Senate campaign to warn residents of impending danger.

That's the biggest news coming out of the 2 a.m. Tuesday advisory from the National Hurricane Center, who now peg max sustained winds around the storm's eye at 130 miles per hour with gusts hitting 155 miles per hour.