Publicado: Mar, Octubre 09, 2018
Ciencia | Por Aurelio Ontiveros

Evacuations ordered as Hurricane Michael speeds toward Florida

Evacuations ordered as Hurricane Michael speeds toward Florida

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for the Florida panhandle, and a tropical storm watch is in effect much of Florida's west coast, reports the center.

Hurricane Michael formed Monday morning in the Caribbean Sea and is heading for a landfall as a major hurricane with 120-mph winds along the Gulf Coast by midweek.

Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in more than 20 counties, and advised Gulf Coast residents to prepare for possible evacuation orders.

Michael is expected to gradually strengthen and lift northward into the Gulf of Mexico on Monday, becoming a hurricane Monday night into Tuesday, according to a press release from the National Weather Service Charleston.

He also stated in his message that there was reason to believe that Tropical Storm Michael could become a Category 3 hurricane, but it is unknown if weather officials have confirmed that possibility.

Worry over Hurricane Michael has also postponed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission's highly anticipated hearings into the high school massacre scheduled for this week, as many of those on the commission live in the panhandle. These chances could go up as we get greater confidence in the forecast.

Michael is now about 50 miles south of the western tip of Cuba and is expected to make landfall along the Florida panhandle this week. Michael could reach Category 3 status before landfall.

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CNN reports that such language is warranted, for Michael is now "slashing Cuba" and is expected to reach Category 3 status (with sustained winds from 111-129 mph) by Wednesday when it reaches the USA mainland.

Forecasters say the storm will gain more intensity through Tuesday, with a chance it will weaken somewhat as it nears land in Florida. "Michael is expected to move inland over the Florida Panhandle or Florida Big Bend area on Wednesday, and then move northeastward across the southeastern United States Wednesday night and Thursday".

A separate storm system is forecast to drench the central U.S.in heavy rain on Monday.

Hurricane Michael is predicted to hit Florida later this week.

In some parts of the Florida coast, storm surges are projected to approach eleven feet.

Michael became a tropical storm on Sunday with sustained winds of up to 50 miles per hour.

Michael was lashing western Cuba late Monday morning with heavy rains and strong winds, according to the hurricane center. Pfaff said this rain could cause flash flooding and even raise the river levels slightly.

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