Publicado: Jue, Octubre 11, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Tropical storm Michael: Florida declares STATE of EMERGENCY ahead of unsafe hurricane

Tropical storm Michael: Florida declares STATE of EMERGENCY ahead of unsafe hurricane

Unlike Hurricane Florence, Tropical Storm Michael, now located west of Cuba and packing 70 miles per hour winds, is a fast-moving storm.

A forecast track for Tropical Storm Michael as of 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018.

The big picture on where the storm is expected to go has also shifted some since Saturday afternoon, when tracking showed Michael crossing the Florida Panhandle and southern Alabama as a tropical storm.

A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the Alabama Gulf coast, while a Hurricane Watch has been issued for the northwestern coast of Florida.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area, in this case within the next 12 hours.

Forecasters warned that the storm could produce up to a foot of rain in western Cuba, potentially triggering flash floods and mudslides in mountainous areas.

The National Hurricane Centers model expects Michael to become a hurricane early Tuesday morning.

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Then, wind shears will become weaker and Michael will become stronger.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Michael is packing top sustained winds of 60 mph (95 kph) and is about 105 miles (170 kilometers) east-southeast of Cozumel, Mexico. The North Carolina division of emergency management stated Sunday that the forecast calls for 3 to 5 inches of rain over the next seven days across parts of southeastern North Carolina.

Hazardous marine conditions in the Atlantic and Gulf coasts and high-risk rip currents also will continue to be a threat. "Residents in these areas should monitor the progress of this system".

On Sunday, Republican Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in 26 counties in the Florida Panhandle and in Big Bend, ahead of Tropical Storm Michael, which is now making its way through the Gulf of Mexico. Scott said state officials are already working on planning, logistics and first response with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security, Army Corps of Engineers, Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Defense.

One is located several hundred miles south of the Cabo Verde Islands and has a 30 percent chance of development in the next five days.

The Florida panhandle will be hardest hit, with parts of the Tallahassee and Panama City areas getting 12 inches of rainfall along with damaging winds.

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