Read the latest reports from the National Hurricane Center for Hurricane Michael. The storm moves north toward the Gulf Coast and is expected to be a major hurricane.

 

7A.M. The Tuesday morning update from the National Hurricane Center reports that Michael is now a catergory 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph. The central pressure has dropped since last night to 968 millibars.

The storm is expected to strengthen as it nears land sometime late Tuesday or Wednesday.

Michael is 395 miles south of Panama City and is moving at 12 mph.

10 P.M. The National Hurricane Center's 10 p.m. update reports a continued strengthening. It is about 485 miles south of Panama City. Maximum sustained winds have climbed to 90 mph and the central pressure remains at 970 millibars.

Michael was located about 60 miles north-northwest of the western tip of Cuba and was moving north at 12 mph. The central pressure had fallen 8 millibars to 970.

All watches and warnings remained the same from the previous advisory.

7 P.M. Michael continued a slow process of strengthening Monday and at the 7 p.m. intermediate advisory had winds of 85 mph.

4 P.M. Hurricane warnings are now up between the Alabama-Florida state line and the Suwannee River as Hurricane Michael continues moving north at a slightly higher forward speed and 80 mph winds.

At 4 p.m. the National Hurricane Center said Michael was about 30 miles northwest of the western tip of Cuba and was moving north at 9 mph. The barometric pressure remained at 978mb.

Here is a summary of watches and warnings for the Northwest Florida area:


A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for Okaloosa/Walton County Line Florida to Anclote River Florida
A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for Anclote River Florida to Anna Maria Island Florida, including Tampa Bay, and Alabama/Florida border to Okaloosa/Walton County Line Florida
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Alabama/Florida border to Suwannee River Florida and the Cuban province of Pinar del Rio.
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Alabama/Florida border to the Mississippi/Alabama border
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Alabama/Florida border to the Mississippi/Alabama border, Suwanee River Florida to Chassahowitzka Florida, the Cuban province of the Isle of Youth and the coast of Mexico from Tulum to Cabo Catoche, including Cozumel
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Chassahowitzka to Anna Maria Island Florida, including Tampa Bay, and Mississippi/Alabama border to the Mouth of the Pearl River.

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1 P.M.: Advisory 8A has Hurricane Michael about 20 miles southwest of the western tip of Cuba.

Highest winds remain 75 mph, but the barometric pressure has fallen to 978mb.

All watches and warnings remain unchanged from the previous advisory.

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Michael has intensified into a hurricane and the National Weather Service has issued a hurricane watch for most of the Florida Panhandle and the Big Bend.

Escambia through Franklin counties in Northwest Florida are included in the hurricane watch.

At 11 a.m. Michael was about 50 miles south of the western tip of Cuba with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. Movement was to the north at 7 mph and the central pressure was 982 millibars.

Michael is forecast to continue intensifying, possibly reaching Category 2 or 3 intensity, by the time it reaches the Gulf Coast mid-week.

A storm surge watch was in effect from Navarre east and south to Anna Maria Island and the Tampa Bay area. A hurricane watch was in effect from the Alabama-Florida border to the Suwannee River area.

Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for the Panhandle and Big Bend areas on Sunday.

Michael swirled into life on Sunday and began a slow march toward what forecasters predicted would be a Northwest Florida landfall.

The storm, born from a tropical depression that formed in the northwest Caribbean Sea early Sunday, was expected to enter the southern Gulf of Mexico on Monday and build up its winds to hurricane force by landfall.