Forecasters: Depression becomes Tropical Storm Michael

Tropical wave could affect western Caribbean

An area of disturbed weather in the western Caribbean developed into Tropical Depression 14 early Sunday morning. There is "an increasing risk of unsafe storm surge, rainfall, and wind", for the Gulf Coast by the middle of the week, the National Hurricane Center advised.

Tropical Storm Warnings have been issued over the northeastern portion of Mexico's Yucatan Penninsula and the western portions of Cuba have been issued in advance of the storm. It would be Tropical Storm Michael, the next name on the hurricane center's list.

According to the Hurricane Center advisory, Michael had reached maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour with higher gusts late Sunday morning and was moving north at 5 miles per hour.

Tropical Storm Michael was recently near Mexico's Yucat√°n Peninsula. 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.




WIND: Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the coast within the warning area by this evening or tonight, making outside preparations hard or unsafe.

The storm system forming in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico may be nothing, forecasters say. It still looks like this system will track north into the Gulf of Mexico, and it could potentially become a low end category one hurricane by Wednesday. The declaration will free up resources for storm preparation.

Florida Governor Rick Scott announced he'll declare a state of emergency later Sunday. Some parts of western Cuba might get up to 12 inches of rain. It is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm by Sunday night. The storm's current predicted track shows it making landfall Wednesday in the Panhandle, according the National Hurricane Center. Air Force Hurricane Hunters are flying through Michael on Sunday afternoon and we'll begin to see a more complete picture of what the storm is doing tonight. We will closely monitor it as it becomes more organized.

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