Tropical storm expected to produce squally, wet weather across S. Florida

A tropical storm warning was in effect for the western tip of Cuba, while a tropical storm watch has been called for the resort region of the Yucatan Peninsula from Tulum to Cabo Catoche.

Michael will move across the eastern Gulf of Mexico through Tuesday night. The storm is about 200 miles SSW of Apalachicola and moving north at 12 mph.

Suwannee River Florida southward to Chassahowitzka Florida.

Storm and storm surge watches were issued for the Gulf Coast from the Mississippi-Alabama border to Chassahowitzka, Florida, north of Tampa Bay.

The cross-track spread among the spaghetti models has decreased since yesterday, but there continues to be differences in how fast Michael moves northward over the Gulf of Mexico.

Right now, the National Hurricane Center predicts a landfall along the Florida panhandle on Wednesday.

10 A.M.: According to the National Hurricane Center's Advisory No. 4, Tropical Depression 14 continues to become better organized and is near tropical storm strength. Leslie was moving east-southeast at 13 miles per hour.

Chatham Emergency Management Agency has entered OPCON 4 and is monitoring Tropical Storm Michael.

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By declaring this state of emergency, Governor Scott is ensuring that state and local government has ample time, resources and flexibility to get prepared for this storm.

Several watches and warnings are now in effect.

Packing winds of 50 mph, the storm was about 130 miles southeast of Cozumel, Mexico, on Sunday afternoon, crawling to the north-northeast at 3 mph.

WIND: Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the coast within the warning area by this evening or tonight, making outside preparations hard or risky.

Forecasters warned that the storm could produce up to a foot (30 centimeters) of rain in western Cuba, potentially triggering flash floods and mudslides in mountainous areas.

As of 5 a.m. Monday, Tropical Storm Michael reached winds of 70 miles per hour and is moving through deep, warm water as it approaches the Gulf of Mexico.

Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in more than 20 counties along the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend on Sunday and has put more than 5,000 National Guard soldiers on alert. It is becoming more likely, but still not certain, at this point that some of our southern counties could see hurricane force wind gusts (74mph+) In addition to the wind, Michael could be a decent rain maker, with several inches of rain possible. While it will be windy, the chances of us seeing winds of tropical storm force are low.

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