Hurricane Michael Intensifies With Sights Set On Florida

Michael could make landfall in the Florida panhandle as a major hurricane.

October 8, 2018

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Seemingly out of nowhere, there is a hurricane churning in the southern Gulf of Mexico with its mind set on a date with the Florida coastline.

What was Tropical Storm Michael has intensified into a minimal hurricane with winds of 75 mph as of 11am Monday, October 8th. 

Movement is towards the north at 6mph. 

The storm is expected to intensify rather quickly into a major hurricane before making landfall somewhere between the Florida/Alabama border and the "big bend" of Florida. 

Hurricane watches have been posted for the panhandle of Florida with tropical storm watches extending into Mississippi and as far south as Tampa.

Michael is currently on a slow trek north with forward speed expected to pick up as the hurricane approaches the coastline as an incoming cold front accelerates the storm towards the northeast.

Michael is still forecast to be a tropical storm near Atlanta, Georgia at current time. 

The current track of Michael keeps the strongest winds and rain well to the west of Orlando, but there could still be a few outer bands that reach our area with brief downpours and gusty winds. 

Keep checking back for the latest on Michael.