Flor­ida, Alabama on emer­gency foot­ing for Hur­ri­cane Michael

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Weather -

MI­AMI >> Hur­ri­cane Michael gained new strength Mon­day and is ex­pected to keep grow­ing stronger ahead of an ex­pected mid­week strike on Flor­ida’s Pan­han­dle, fore­cast­ers said.

Michael could be­come a ma­jor hur­ri­cane with winds top­ping 111 mph by tonight be­fore the an­tic­i­pated land­fall Wed­nes­day on the Pan­han­dle or Big Bend, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter.

Since the storm will spend two to three days over the Gulf of Mex­ico, which has very warm wa­ter tem­per­a­tures and fa­vor­able at­mo­spheric con­di­tions, “there is a real pos­si­bil­ity that Michael will strengthen to a ma­jor hur­ri­cane be­fore land­fall,” Rob­bie Berg, a hur­ri­cane spe­cial­ist at the Mi­ami-based storm fore­cast­ing hub, wrote in an ad­vi­sory.

Michael’s large size, strong winds and heavy rains could pro­duce haz­ardous flood­ing along a stretch of Flor­ida’s Gulf coast, said Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter Di­rec­tor Ken Gra­ham.

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