Tropical depression in Caribbean could become hurricane by midweek

Tropical depression in Caribbean could become hurricane by midweek

Beaufort County could see tropical-storm winds as early as Wednesday but most likely Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

The most likely solution is landfall along the Florida Panhandle.

In a supplemental advisory at 11:55 a.m. CDT, the agency upgraded the depression's status.

The current forecast has the storm reaching the US mainland in western Florida as a Category 1 hurricane sometime Wednesday.

The area of low pressure is centered just east of the Yucatan Peninsula, about 120 miles south of Cozumel, Mexico this evening.

A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for The Cuban provinces of Pinar del rio and the Isle of Youth, as well as the coast of Mexico from Tulum to Cabo Catoche.

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A very active weather pattern will bring several rounds of heavy rain to the central US over the next few days, which could lead to flash flooding, as well as severe weather in parts of the Plains, and even snow to the Northern Rockies and Plains.

On the forecast track, the centre will move through the Yucatan Channel Monday morning and then across the eastern Gulf of Mexico late Monday through Wednesday. "This rainfall could lead to life-threatening flash floods and mudslides in areas of mountainous terrain". Tropical Depression 14 is expected to become Tropical Storm Micheal by this evening or tonight as it reaches the coast within the warning area, making outside preparations hard or risky.

"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".

An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is headed to investigate Michael further.

Though forecasters expect the hurricane to hit the Panhandle, the storm may "affect portions of the Florida Gulf Coast that are especially vulnerable to storm surge, regardless of the storms exact track or intensity". This set of storms comes after heavy rain fell in parts of the same region on Friday and Saturday.

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