The Euro model (ECMWF) forecasts Tropical Depression Michael to make landfall as Hurricane Michael at the Florida Panhandle along the U.S. Gulf Coast on Wednesday. The model above tracks over a 240-hour period beginning the morning of Monday, October 8, 2018.
Update: For the model tracking over a 240-hour period beginning the 8:00 PM EST, or the evening of Monday, October 8, 2018, click here.
The consensus for the models anticipates Michael will strengthen at least to a Category 2, with Category 3 potential. Florida Governor Rick Scott issued Executive Order 18-276 declaring a state of emergency in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Gadsden, Liberty, Franklin, Leon, Wakulla, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Hamilton, Suwannee, Lafayette, Dixie, Columbia, Gilchrist, Levy and Citrus counties
“Tropical Storm #Michael is strengthening and it is almost a hurricane,” the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, tweeted after the morning advisory. “Hurricane and tropical storm watches are now in effect for portions of the Gulf Coast.”
Tropical Storm #Michael is strengthening and it is almost a hurricane. Hurricane and tropical storm watches are now in effect for portions of the Gulf Coast. Here are the 4 am CDT October 8th Key Messages. Go to https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb for more information. pic.twitter.com/BEkmH6UvQL
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) October 8, 2018
700 AM CDT Mon Oct 08 2018 Advisory
“A northward motion at a slightly faster forward speed is expected through Tuesday night, followed by a northeastward motion on Wednesday and Thursday. On the forecast track, the center of Michael will move northward across the Yucatan Channel today, and then across the eastern Gulf of Mexico this evening through Wednesday.
Michael is expected to move inland over the Florida Panhandle or Florida Big Bend area on Wednesday, and then move northeastward across the southeastern United States Wednesday night and Thursday. Maximum sustained winds are near 70 mph (110 km/h) with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast, and Michael is expected to become a hurricane later today.
Michael is forecast to be near or at major hurricane strength when it reaches the northeastern Gulf of Mexico Tuesday night and Wednesday. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 km) from the center. The latest minimum central pressure reported by an Air Force reconnaissance aircraft is 982 mb (29.00 inches).”
H/T: Tropical Tidbits