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Michael strengthens to category 1 hurricane

Michael strengthens to category 1 hurricane

Interim Emergency Management Chief Steve Litschauer said several county and Anna Maria Island officials had a conference call with state National Hurricane Center partners Monday to discuss the county's response to Hurricane Michael. NNE OR 20 DEGREES AT 3 miles per hour...6 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...999 MB...29.50 INCHES WATCHES AND WARNINGS ------- CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY: None SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT: A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...

Once a tropical storm, Hurricane Michael is expected to strike the Florida Panhandle with Category 3 winds of 74-plus miles per hour.

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.

The Gulf Coast is forecast to see tropical storm conditions Tuesday night or early Wednesday, ahead of the hurricane activity expected for Wednesday. We are working closely and coordinating with our local, state and federal partners in anticipation of the storm's potential impacts.

Michael could hit with more strength than its predecessor, and has increased its total wind speeds to 80mph. He also waived tolls in a move to help coastal dwellers leave.

A storm surge watch was in effect from Navarre east and south to Anna Maria Island and the Tampa Bay area. States of emergency were issued for more than two dozen Florida counties.

The U.S. military was moving its aircraft from the Panhandle on Monday.

Weeks after Hurricane Florence flooded the Eastern Seaboard, a second hurricane threatens to wade up into the Carolinas-but Durham should avoid the brunt of this storm.

Michael has strengthened into a hurricane Monday as it continues to trudge north through the Gulf of Mexico and storm surge, thunderstorms and strong winds could all impact the area over the next few days.

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Another national, Neil Fung, said the storm looks like " a major one".

A major hurricane is a Category 3, 4 or 5 hurricane, which has winds of at least 111 miles per hour.

Outer rain bands from Michael are already affecting the Florida Keys and estimated two to four inches of rainfall are likely there today.

Michael is now centered about 50 miles south of the western tip of Cuba and is moving north.

An Inland Hurricane Watch has been issued for Baker, Brooks, Calhoun, Colquitt, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Holmes, Miller, Mitchell, Thomas, Worth counties in Georgia.

"Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other unsafe conditions".

On the beach, expect Monday's high risk of rip currents on Atlantic beaches to continue into midweek and a raised risk for beaches on the Gulf of Mexico side starting Tuesday.

Heavy rains and flash-flooding over the weekend caused 13 deaths in Central America after Michael formed off the coast of northern Honduras.


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