If it becomes a tropical storm as predicted, Tropical Depression Fourteen is expected to bring squally, wet weather to South Florida beginning later today, according to Robert Garcia, senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service. "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.
In a news conference Sunday evening in Tallahassee, Florida Gov. Rick Scott warned that the storm could have far-reaching effects, regardless of where it lands.
Tropical Storm Michael had maximum sustained winds were at 60 miles per hour at 8 p.m. Keep in mind that in a hurricane, the impacts can stretch hundreds of miles outside the center - including wind, tropical downpours that lead to flooding, storm surge, and tornadoes. Michael is now about 90 miles south of Cozumel, Mexico.
Scott issued an order for a state of emergency for 26 counties in the Florida Panhandle and the Big Bend area.
Those in the Yucatan peninsula, western Cuba and the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico should monitor the progress of this system during the next several days, the hurricane center said.
If it becomes a tropical storm, it will be called "Michael".
"This storm will be life-threatening and extremely unsafe", Scott said Sunday after receiving a briefing at the State Emergency Operations Center.
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Scott also activated 500 National Guard Troops in advance of the storm. "Don't take a chance", he said.
"Never ends, but we're all prepared and hopefully it won't be as bad as it's looking", Mr. Trump said.
In the popular tourist destination of Seaside, people were starting to feel nervous, said Kevin Boyle, the town's director of events. Sea-surface temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico are a few degrees warmer than normal, mostly in the mid-80s - more than warm enough to support a hurricane, and perhaps a strong one.
"It's kind of got us all on edge right now", Rachel Burke, general manger of Brass Tap Craft Beer Bar on Panama City Beach, said Monday afternoon.
After the storm moves inland, it could dump additional unwanted rain on the Carolinas, which were battered by Florence in September.
"We are alarmed, to put it mildly, by how it has established an intense core (with a large area of very high cloud tops, indicating strong convection) near the circulation center in the teeth of brisk westerly wind shear", said Truchelut. This includes in Haiti where recovery efforts from a deadly quake are ongoing. Monday, it became the seventh hurricane of 2018 in the Atlantic Basin.