Michael Could Become Cat 2 Hurricane Before It Hits Florida

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Michael battered parts of Mexico and Cuba with powerful winds and drenching rains on Sunday and into early Monday. They cited outside crews, unfamiliar with the city-owned utility system, could present "safety" issues, according to a report from Politico Florida's Matt Dixon published on September 7, 2016.

Florida's Gov. Rick Scott issued a state of emergency late Sunday in advance of Hurricane Michael for the counties in the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend region.

"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.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Alabama-Florida border to Suwannee River Florida. "We're making sure that any debris that is on the street is removed prior to the storm so that the water can actually get out of the system as soon as the king tide recedes".

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

As forecast, Michael would be the first Category 3 or higher hurricane to hit the Panhandle since Hurricane Dennis in 2005.

He also has declared a state of emergency for 35 counties and asked President Donald Trump for assistance ahead of the storm. If the forecast is correct, it would be only the 11th major hurricane to hit Florida in October since records began in 1851, Colorado State University meteorologist Phil Klotzbach said.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who is also the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in the November 6 election, said on Sunday he was cancelling his campaign events and returning to Tallahassee, the state capital, to focus on storm preparations.




"It would be a tropical storm for us", Saavedra said.

Hurricane Michael was 30 miles northwest of the western tip of Cuba shortly before 5 p.m. ET Monday, the National Weather Service said.

After landfall, Michael is expected to weaken as it tracks quickly northeast, and the forecast track brings the center across southeast Georgia and southeast SC in the Wednesday night and Thursday time period.

"While the impacts are still uncertain, our area could experience increased wind activity and heavy rainfall, which could cause localized flooding and downed trees", Tallahassee officials said in a statement.

It's expected to move over the Yucatan Channel and then crosses the Gulf of Mexico, nearing the Florida Panhandle coast by Wednesday.

"Hurricane conditions will spread over portions of western Cuba this afternoon, where a hurricane warning is now in effect".

The latest track shows a weakening Michael moving either directly through, or at least near central Georgia as a tropical storm.

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