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Scott says storm could become cat 2 hurricane

Scott says storm could become cat 2 hurricane

A hurricane warning has been issued for the Cuban province of Pinar del Rio and tropical storm warnings are in effect for the Cuban province of Isle of Youth and the Mexican coast from Tulum to Cabo Catoche.

Tropical Storm Michael is moving into the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday evening. "Storm surge can occur before, during, or after the center of a storm passes through an area".

The outer bands of the storm are expected to dump 2 to 4 inches of rain in the Florida Keys, the Yucatan Peninsula, Belize and Northern Honduras.

"In fact, almost every piece of intensity guidance brings the cyclone to hurricane strength before it reaches land, including the GFS, ECMWF, and UKMET global models, which all show significant deepening of the central pressure", National Hurricance Center forecaster Robbie Berg wrote in a morning discussion of the storm.

Scott warned that Michael could reach land as a Category 2 hurricane with winds in excess of 100 miles per hour.

Rick Scott announced Sunday that he had declared a state of emergency in 26 counties in the state's Panhandle and Big Bend regions as forecasters predicted Tropical Storm Michael would make landfall as a Category 2 hurricane later this week. The storm could sweep across much of North Florida to the East Coast. At this time it is too early to indicate what potential impacts this could have to the U.S. East Coast.

A separate area of persistent very heavy rainfall is expected along the Pacific coast of Central America and Mexico, including western Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, and the state of Chiapas in Mexico.

Several rounds of thunderstorms and heavy rain are once again developing in the Plains and Midwest on Sunday morning.

There is high uncertainty about the exact movement and possible intensity of the system, but it is likely that the complex will drag tropical moisture across Florida.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sunday that the tropical depression could strengthen into a hurricane by Tuesday night or Wednesday.

Forecasters are calling on Florida Gulf Coast residents to monitor the storm's approach, warning of the possibility of storm surge, heavy rains and risky winds as it approaches the U.S. Southeast.

Most of the central US will be threatened by rain, or even snow in the Rockies, on Sunday evening. An approaching cold front and tropical system will increase rain chances and eventually bring cooler conditions as we proceed into the weekend. However, the storm will weaken as it progresses on its track through SC.


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