Hurricane Michael gains momentum

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect from Okaloosa/Walton Line to Anclote River, Florida

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for Alabama/Florida border to Okaloosa/Walton County Line Florida & Anclote River Florida to Anna Maria Island Florida, including Tampa Bay

The Tropics:

Tracking Hurricane Michael: The category 2 storm is 395 miles S of Panama City Florida. It will likely strengthen during the next 24 hours and become a major hurricane, a Category 3 storm, as it barrels toward the Gulf Coast.

On the forecast track, the center of Michael will track over the SE Gulf this morning. Then rake across the eastern Gulf later today and tonight.

The center of Michael is expected to move inland over the Florida Panhandle or Florida Big Bend area tomorrow, and then head NE across the southeastern United States Wednesday night and Thursday.

So, what can we expect along our slice of the Gulf Coast? Wind and waves increasing today along with bands of windswept rain either this afternoon or tonight.

As the storm closes in on Wednesday, we'll see dangerous, life-threatening storm surge and large surf of up to 10 feet in Baldwin County, 10-15 waves along the Santa Rosa and Okaloosa County beaches.

Bands of windswept rain will continue to blow in from the Gulf along with dangerous hurricane force winds closer to the center of Michael. On the current forecast track, the center of the storm will approach the Gulf Coast Wednesday.

Our latest thinking on a projected path would put the most likely landfall between Fort Walton Beach and Apalachicola, Florida Wednesday afternoon or evening.


See continuous updates on Hurricane Michael here:

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