A Storm Surge Watch has been issued from Navarre to Anna Maria Island, including Tampa Bay. Many trees will be snapped or uprooted, blocking numerous roads. Scott also activated 500 members of the Florida National Guard ahead of the storm. The Hurricane Center's statement said interests along the northeastern and central U.S. Gulf Coast should monitor the progress of the depression.
Weather.com meteorologist Christopher Dolce warned the "hurricane conditions are possible in the region by Wednesday" with "damaging winds, risky storm surge, and heavy rain". It has the potential to undergo rapid intensification when it enters the Gulf before turning northeast towards Florida.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 75 miles per hour with higher gusts, the National Hurricane Center said. But it rapidly intensified, and its top winds clocked in at 60 miles per hour (95 kph) by late Sunday evening. As of Monday morning, Michael was moving north at 7mph with maximum winds near hurricane strength.
Michael is the 13th named storm of the 2018 hurricane season, according to hurricane center spokesman Dennis Feltgen.
The storm is aiming at a region that stretches from Mobile, Alabama, through the Florida Panhandle and into the Big Bend area of northern Florida.
The National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane watch from the Alabama-Florida border eastward to the Suwanee River, where Michael could roll ashore on Wednesday.
"There is an increasing risk of risky storm surge, rainfall, and wind impacts over portions of the northern Gulf Coast by mid-week, although it is too soon to specify the exact location and magnitude of these impacts", the forecast discussion said. Severe storms and possible tornadoes will be possible over parts of the state along Michael's path. Overnight Tuesday, Florida Gov. On average, the Atlantic would have about five hurricanes by October 8.
Michael will arrive as an "extremely dangerous" storm Wednesday afternoon with winds of 145 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said in its 8 a.m. update Wednesday.
"This rainfall could lead to life-threatening flash floods and mudslides in areas of mountainous terrain", the NHC said.
"Everybody's got to get ready".
A low pressure system south of the Azores has only a 10 percent chance of development, the Hurricane Center said.
Even though Michael is not going to impact us here in Southwest Florida directly, what you'll notice is an increase in winds, and therefore more choppy water by the middle of the week.