Tropical Storm Michael could bring heavy rainfall to Mexico, Cuba, Gulf Coast

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"Our state understands how serious tropical weather is and how devastating any hurricane of tropical storm can be", Scott said in a statement. Many trees will be snapped or uprooted, blocking numerous roads.

For DC, although the current track keeps the center of Michael southeast of our area, it will still influence our weather. Leslie continues as a tropical storm over the Central Atlantic, but is forecast to briefly become a hurricane again.

As far as wind goes, we can plan on 15-25 miles per hour sustained winds, with gusts over 40 miles per hour at times. It's not uncommon for it to flood in St. Augustine during hurricanes and bad storms. Now-Tropical Storm Michael now sits off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Reconnaissance aircraft indicate that tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 170 miles (275 kilometers) to the northeast and southeast of the center. Hurricane Watches have been issued for the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend area.

Due to the position of the cyclone as now forecast, we will see a threat of heavy rain, damaging tropical storm strength winds, and isolated tornadoes.

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A tropical storm watch was also issued from the Suwanee River to Anna Maria Island Florida, including Tampa Bay.

Michael will likely become a weak category 1 hurricane with heavy rain and unsafe storm surge.

The 2018 hurricane season isn't over yet. Scott said the storm could turn into a Category 2 hurricane by the time it makes landfall midweek.

A low pressure system south of the Azores has only a 10 percent chance of development, the Hurricane Center said.

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Weather.com meteorologist Christopher Dolce warned the "hurricane conditions are possible in the region by Wednesday" with "damaging winds, unsafe storm surge, and heavy rain".

"Everybody's got to get ready", Scott said during the news conference at the state Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee.

"It's kind of got us all on edge right now", Rachel Burke, general manger of Brass Tap Craft Beer Bar on Panama City Beach, said Monday afternoon.

The NHC said Michael could still grow stronger before it reaches the Florida coast. The Florida Highway Patrol is making preparations for 342 state troopers to activate to 12-hour shifts. There's also a warning in effect for the coast of Mexico from Tulum to Cabo Catoche.

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"Hurricane conditions will continue over portions of the far western Cuban province of Pinar del Rio through this evening". King Tide paired with the rainfall might cause flooding because the water won't drain quickly.

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