“MICHAEL EXPECTED TO BECOME A HURRICANE SOON” as declared by the National Hurricane Center.
The tropical storm which originated in the southwestern Caribbean Sea is now headed towards the US. Information from the National Hurricane Center, “It is expected to produce rainfall through Wednesday night,” and “Hurricane conditions are possible within the hurricane watch area along the U.S. Gulf coast by Wednesday, with Tropical storm conditions possible by Tuesday night or early Wednesday. Tropical storm conditions are possible with the storm watch area by Tuesday night or early Wednesday.”
Also stated in a report from the center, “Hurricane Watch is in effect for Alabama-Florida border to Suwanee River Florida and a Tropical Storm Watch for Suwannee River to Anna Maria Island Florida, including Tampa Bay and Alabama-Florida border o the Mississippi-Alabama border.”
This is why Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued a state of emergency for 26 counties along the Panhandle and Bigbend coastal region of northern Florida. On Monday morning the governor urged residents in a news conference, to “take this very seriously…Every family must be prepared. We can rebuild your homes, but we cannot rebuild your lives” he said.
This is a concise notice of preparation for the residents in the possible-affected areas knowing that Hurricane Season should have already ended. The governor has already placed 500 National Guard troops on alert for the storm as he also has predicted that “this storm will be life-threatening and extremely be dangerous” for everyone in the area.”
Tallahassee officials said that “The impact of this storm is still uncertain, our area could experience increased wind activity and heavy rainfall, which could cause localized flooding and downed trees.”
Another reason to be on guard.
From CNN News, the 26 counties declared to be in state of calamity are: “Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Gadsden, Liberty, Franklin, Leon, Wakulla, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Hamilton, Suwannee, Lafayette, Dixie, Columbia, Gilchrist, Levy and Citrus counties.”
The initial impact of the storm will be at Florida, but it is said to not only be a “simple rain event” as it continues through the states of Georgia and the Carolinas and some northern cities which might experience heavy rain and winds.
It is our duty and responsibility to be cautious of the upcoming storm. Residents are advised to be prepared and informed and to follow given orders immediately.