Tropical Storm Michael Approaching US Gulf Coast, Could Become a Hurricane

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The storm now has maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour with higher gusts. The hurricane center said Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft were en route to investigate the storm.

Godsey said winds in the tropical storm range could result in downed trees and power outages.

National Weather Service The recently upgraded tropical storm is forecast to become a hurricane before making landfall along Florida's Panhandle.

Tropical Depression 14 is now said to be located about 90 miles south of Cozumel, Mexico and 225 miles southwest of the western tip of Cuba.

Leslie is traveling east at 10 mph with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and is several hundred miles from the United States and Caribbean, the NHC said in a mid-day advisory.

So what can we expect in metro Atlanta and north Georgia?

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"With the National Hurricane Center forecasting Tropical Depression 14 to strengthen and impact Florida's Panhandle as a hurricane, families need to get prepared". The tropical storm designation came just after the noon hour based on satellite data. It triggered flash-flooding warnings for that area and western Cuba.

It is too soon to indicate the exact location and magnitude of these impacts.

The Grand Strand is in the projected path and could feel tropical-storm effects between Wednesday and Friday.

Every tropical system is different, and the time for the biggest changes will come in the early life of the storm, right now. However, models differ in their forecasts for the storm's intensity, and it could reasonably be somewhat stronger or weaker.

Further strengthening is forecast as it moves northward across the Gulf of Mexico.

"The depression is expected to become a tropical storm later today".

While forecast models broadly expect the storm to reach hurricane strength, models have varied views on the storm's forward speed, meaning there is still uncertainty about when it might reach the US coast.

The National Weather Center in Jacksonville was not down-playing the effects on northeast Florida, including Flagler County.

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