Hurricane Michael enhances DC rain threat this week

Outer bands from Michael are expected produce as much as 4 inches (10 cm) of rain through Tuesday in the Florida Keys, one of several areas in the state devastated by Hurricane Irma previous year.

For DC, although the current track keeps the center of Michael southeast of our area, it will still influence our weather.

Many are located in the coastal town of Port St. Joe, the county's largest municipality, lying directly in the hurricane's projected path, she said.

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.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Leslie continues its easterly path across the central Atlantic with maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour.

Packing winds of 50 mph, the storm was about 130 miles southeast of Cozumel, Mexico, on Sunday afternoon, crawling to the north-northeast at 3 mph.

Michael was packing sustained winds of up to 85 miles per hour (140 kph) and gaining strength as it skirted past Cuba's western tip en route to a likely Wednesday landfall as the most powerful storm to strike the Florida Panhandle in at least a decade.

Scott issued an order for a state of emergency for 26 counties in the Florida Panhandle and the Big Bend area. Florida State University announced it will close from Tuesday through Friday this week.

Below is the Futurecast showing timing of showers & storms as Michael tracks northward.

"This storm will be life-threatening and extremely risky", Scott said in a news briefing.

The Commodity Weather Group said on Sunday there might be some precautionary evacuation of oil rigs in the area affected by the storm, which may slow down operations but not likely cause much interruption. "This is coming very fast".

"I think everyone has been caught off guard by how quickly this thing has grown". Sea-surface temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico are a few degrees warmer than normal, mostly in the mid-80s - more than warm enough to support a hurricane, and perhaps a strong one.

"It depends on what the city says in terms of the people getting around".

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey declared a state of emergency in her state, "in anticipation of widespread power outages, wind damage and debris produced by high winds and heavy rain associated with Hurricane Michael". "Storm preparations should be rushed to completion today and Tuesday". Even though Hurricane Season ends November 30, it becomes rare for a system to push into the Central and West Gulf Coast after the first intact cold front of the fall.

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