UAE embassy issues weather warning to Emiratis in US

UAE embassy issues weather warning to Emiratis in US

Meanwhile at least three Florida counties - Bay, Gulf and Wakulla - have ordered mandatory evacuations in anticipation of the storm's impending arrival.

Life-threatening storm surge is likely along portions of the coasts of the Florida Panhandle, Big Bend, and Nature Coast, where a storm surge warning is in effect, the center warned in its 4 a.m. October 10 discussion document about the hurricane.

Florida State University announced it was closing for the week Tuesday, along with schools in Leon County, home to the state capital Tallahassee. The storm, with maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour, is expected to become a hurricane later today-and could be a major hurricane by Tuesday night or Wednesday.

The storm rapidly intensified overnight despite shear and should become a Category 3 hurricane before landfall Wednesday, according to the National Hurricane Center forecast.

This would make it the strongest storm to hit the Panhandle of the state since Hurricane Dennis in 2005.

"South Carolina could experience periods of heavy rain, gusty winds, tornadoes and storm surge due to Hurricane Michael, with the greatest impacts beginning this Wednesday", the S.C. Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) advised in a tweet.

Heavy rainfall and strong winds were spreading across western Cuba yesterday. Rain coverage will begin to expand into the region Wednesday, with the heaviest rain likely Thursday into Friday morning. On Monday afternoon, choppy surf crashed along the shores of Franklin County, Florida.

Michael is forecasted to become a major hurricane by Tuesday or Tuesday night.

Scott already declared a state of emergency and has activated over 1,200 National Guard members. The hurricane is about 295 miles (475 kilometers) south of Panama City Beach, Florida. A hurricane watch is in effect from the Alabama-Florida border eastward to the Suwanee River, and tropical storm watches have been issued from the Suwanee River to Anna Maria Island and from the Alabama-Florida border to the Mississippi-Alabama border.

President Trump, speaking at a law enforcement convention in Florida, said his administration is prepared to deal with the impacts of Hurricane Michael.

The weather system was located between Mexico's Yucatan peninsula and the west coast of Cuba by 3 p.m. and was heading slowly towards the northern Gulf Coast of Florida, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami said. A storm surge warning was issued for Florida's Gulf coast from the Okaloosa-Walton County Line to Anclote River. "It looks like another big one", he said.