Michael forecast to be major hurricane headed for Florida

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
October 08, 2018 - 10:07 am

Michael became a hurricane today in the Gulf of Mexico.

"Data from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 75 mph," according to the National Hurricane Center.  That makes the system a hurricane.  "Steady to rapid strengthening is forecast during the next day or so, and Michael is forecast to become a major hurricane by Tuesday or Tuesday night."

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for areas along the coast from the Alabama-Florida line to the Suwannee River in Florida.

Louisiana is not under any watches or warnings.

Maximum sustained winds are forecast to be greater that 111mph by landfall during the day Wednesday.

Rain is also a concern.

"Florida Panhandle and Big Bend into the Carolinas...4 to 8 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches. This rainfall could lead to life threatening flash floods."

The Hurricane Center is also warning of storm surge and life threatening surf and rip tides along the northern Gulf Coast.

Here in New Orleans, WWL TV Meteorologist Dave Nussbaum says, "Southeast Louisiana will not see many impacts from Michael. Right now, tides 1-2 feet above normal levels, it will be a little breezy and we could pick up 1-2" of rain between Tuesday and Wednesday."


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