Models show Michael hitting east of New Orleans as hurricane

May be a major hurricane by landfall

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
October 08, 2018 - 6:48 am

Reliable computer models call for Tropical Storm Michael to his the Florida Panhandle as a hurricane this week.

"Michael is forecast to be a hurricane, and possibly a major hurricane, when it reaches the northeastern Gulf Coast by mid-week," according to the National Hurricane Center. "Overall the track guidance is in fairly good agreement up until landfall along the Florida Panhandle or Florida Big Bend."

Louisiana is not in the cone of error.

Despite the historic inaccuracy of intensity forecasting, the Hurricane Center says people along Florida's norther Gulf Coast should prepare for a major hurricane.

"This new official forecast brings the intensity to just below major hurricane strength in 48 hours, and since the storm will still be over water for a time between 48 and 72 hours, there is a real possibility that Michael will strengthen to a major hurricane before landfall."

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