Hurricane Michael Expected To Make Landfall As Category 3 On Florida’s Gulf Coast
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As of Monday morning, Tropical Storm Michael has strengthened into a Category 1 storm with winds in excess of 75 mph. It is now moving north at 7 mph as a slow-moving storm at the current moment. Its current path is expected to slam into the northern Gulf Coast of Florida and is expected to move into other parts of the Southeast and possibly up into the Northeastern part of the United States.
Hurricane watches and storm surge watches have been issued along the Gulf Coast of Florida. Additionally, mandatory evacuations have been issued by Governor Rick Scott. It is expected to make landfall as a major Category 3 storm.
#Hurricane #Michael is strengthening as it sets its sights on the northeast Gulf Coast. Dangerous wind, storm surge, and rainfall are expected with landfall. We have crews LIVE in the field and studio all day with everything you need to know to prepare. pic.twitter.com/uXdltsRCQI
— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) October 8, 2018
The outer rainbands from Hurricane Michael are already affecting the Florida Keys with epic rainfall amounts and flooding. Rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches are expected through Tuesday in that area. Some localized spots to expect up to 6 inches of rainfall.
Hurricane watches have been posted for the northeastern Gulf Coast from the Alabama/Florida border to Suwanee River, Florida, including Pensacola, Panama City, and Tallahassee. The watch does extend inland as well to southwestern Georgia. Tropical storm watches have been placed for the Suwanee River, Florida, to Anna Maria Island, Florida, Tampa Bay, and more.
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