Florida prepares for tropical storm Michael, which will become a hurricane

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Forecast calls for Michael to become a hurricane Monday night or Tuesday. “This storm will be life-threatening and extremely dangerous,” Scott said. he also said said he has activated 500 members of the Florida National Guard. Michael will dump heavy rain on Cuba before heading toward the US. The storm formed near the Yucatan Peninsula on Sunday. Tropical storm winds extended out 170 miles (275 kilometers), primarily to the northeast and southeast of the storm’s center. The rainfall could lead to “life-threatening” flash floods and mudslides in mountainous regions, the hurricane center said. An Air Force hurricane hunter airplane was sent into the storm to investigate.

Gov-Scott-in-Florida
Gov. Scott in Florida

In the United States, a storm surge watch has been issued from Navarre, Florida to Anna Maria Island, Florida. Forecasters advised residents along the northeastern and central U.S. Gulf Coast to monitor the storm’s progress. The city of Tallahassee on Sunday opened two locations where residents could get sandbags in case of flooding. The city of Pensacola tweeted to residents, “Be sure you have your emergency plan in place.” Michael’s trek to Florida is also affecting politics in the state. Some campaigns were cancelled.

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