Published: Sun, October 07, 2018
Science | By Patricia Jimenez

Possible storm has northern Gulf Coast in its sights

Possible storm has northern Gulf Coast in its sights

It's just one run of one model, but we'll have to see if the trend continues. The latest models show the storm hitting the Florida panhandle at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

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Forecasters warned Gulf Coast residents Saturday to keep an eye on the tropics, where a disturbance threatened to become Tropical Storm Michael later in the weekend.

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Meteorologists recommended watching the Gulf of Mexico for developments over the next few days. Tropical Storm Michael's path then leads quickly north toward the U.S. Gulf Coast, with landfall somewhere between the MS coast and the Florida panhandle - with models now leaning toward the Florida panhandle. A motion toward the north is expected during the next couple of days.

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Winds were forecast to drop in intensity as the system tracks northeast over Alabama, Georgia and SC, reaching North Carolina by Thursday. Once it makes the transition in a tropical depression, or even a tropical storm, it will move north into the Gulf of Mexico. This system will directly impact the Gulf Coast States and will eventually spread some moisture our way by Thursday or Friday. Once there, conditions will become a bit more conducive for tropical development, and a tropical depression or tropical storm is expected to form.

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