This morning, Tropical Storm Michael strengthened into Hurricane Michael, with 75mph winds and gusts to over 90mph. The storm is the 7th hurricane of the Atlantic season.
As of 11am Monday, the storm is located off the coast of Cancun. It will continue northward through the Atlantic over the next 36-48 hours, continuing to better organize and gain strength over the warm waters. Wind shear is forecast to decrease over the Gulf of Mexico as the storm passes, therefore no weakening is expected before landfall.
With that being said, Michael is currently expected to make landfall in the Florida panhandle late Wednesday night as a Category 3 Major Hurricane, with 120mph sustained winds and higher gusts. After making landfall, the storm will weaken quickly but will remain at Tropical Storm strength as it passes through Georgia and the Carolinas.
Hurricane Michael will bring significant impacts to the Gulf coasts, including:
Winds of 120mph with higher gusts
Flooding rains of 10-16” (more commonly 6-12”)
Significant wave heights of up to 40 feet
Dangerous storm surge and rip currents
Tornadoes in the outer bands across the SE US
CURRENT WATCHES, WARNINGS, AND ADVISORIES
Hurricane Warning: Cuban province of Pinar del Rio
Tropical Storm Warning: Cuban Province of Isle of Youth and the coast of Mexico near Cancun, including Cozumel
Hurricane Watch: Alabama-Florida border to Suwanee River, Florida
Tropical Storm Watch: Suwanee River to Anna Marie Island, Florida, including Tampa Bay and the Alabama-Florida border to the Mississippi-Alabama border
Storm Surge Watch: Navarre, Florida to Anna Maria Island, Florida, including Tampa Bay
Food and water to support your family for several days
Backup batteries, flashlights, weather radio
Small tool kit
Prescription and non-prescription drugs
Clothing and bedding
Baby and pet items
Critical documents and possessions
Heed all evacuation orders from local officials