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. With additional strengthening, it is anticipated to become a hurricane before making landfall along the Florida panhandle on Wednesday.
The Weather Channel has noted that forecast guidance is unanimous that Michael will trek north through the Gulf of Mexico and likely pose a threat to parts of the U.S. Gulf Coast by midweek.
The governor warned that storm surge could affect areas of Florida not in the storm's direct path.
Godsey said winds in the tropical storm range could result in downed trees and power outages. An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is now on the way to investigate the new tropical storm.
The forecast path for Tropical Depression 14 as of Sunday morning, October 7.
Officials to send emergency alert test to U.S. phones, request feedback after
The message sent to cell phones will be similar to AMBER alerts and inclement weather warnings that are now currently being used. The Wireless Emergency Alerts ( WEA ) system proper was created in 2012, but it's actually been around longer than that.
Minor coastal flooding is likely to start along the SC coast this evening.
As of 5:00 pm EDT, Tropical Storm Michael is about 190 miles south southwest of Cuba with sustained winds of 50 mph.
A tropical depression strengthened on Sunday into Tropical Storm Michael, which the National Hurricane Center says could bring heavy rainfall and flooding to Mexico, Cuba and the U.S. Gulf Coast. Michael today has exhibited maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour. The tropical storm designation came just after the noon hour based on satellite data. "Tropical Depression #14 has strengthened to Tropical Storm Michael", the service's Scott Cordero said at 4 p.m.
From that point, the storm will weaken as it tracks northeastward into the Carolinas. Depending on how quickly this system moves northward, the center of Michael could approach the Gulf Coast as soon as late Tuesday.
The Hurricane Center predicts risky surf conditions will start to appear along the northern Gulf Coast on Tuesday.