Cuba and Mexico issue tropical storm alerts

Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft observations from the evening forecast showed that the center of the storm has re-formed further northeast closer to the deepest convection, as Michael finishes ingesting a disturbance from the Eastern Pacific, noted WeatherTiger forecaster Ryan Truchelut, who partners with the USA TODAY Florida network to provide hurricane forecasts.

TS Michael has winds of 70 miles per hour and it could reach Category 2 strength by Tuesday. "I don't want to lose everything in the freezer, but it is what is", said Beaver as she loaded sandbags into her family's pickup truck.

"This storm will be life-threatening and extremely unsafe", said Scott, who also warned of hurricane-driven storm surge that could affect most of the state: "If this storm hits Panama City, Tampa could still have storm surge".

The storm was centered about 190 miles (306 kilometers) south of Cozumel, Mexico, late Saturday and was heading north at 7 mph (11 kph), with maximum sustained winds of 30 mph (45 kph).

Right now, the forecast track has our area on the dry side of the storm because of an approaching cold front that should push Michael away.

The National Hurricane Center is predicting it will gain strength and become Tropical Storm Michael by tonight, and should head into the Gulf of Mexico late Monday.

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Scott, who announced he was declaring a state of emergency Sunday for 26 counties in the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend, said that afternoon that the storm will be slow, strong and will bring a unsafe storm surge."This storm will be life-threatening and extremely risky", he said in briefing Sunday evening. Scott advised Gulf Coast residents to prepare for possible evacuation orders, and he put more than 5,000 National Guard soldiers on alert.

"This storm will be life-threatening and extremely unsafe", he said.

"Never ends, but we're all prepared and hopefully it won't be as bad as it's looking", Mr. Trump said.

The Hurricane Center predicts risky surf conditions will start to appear along the northern Gulf Coast on Tuesday. The center of Michael will pass southeast of our area, keeping the highest rain threat, severe weather potential, and highest wind potential away from our area.

The National Weather Service in Tallahassee said: "This is a storm to definitely take very seriously". The declaration will free up resources for storm preparation. "Areas hit hard by Florence may face disruptions to ongoing cleanup efforts or renewed flooding depending on the track of the storm", AccuWeather senior meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said.

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