Forecasters: Caribbean storm could become hurricane

Tropical wave could affect western Caribbean

Tropical Depression could form by late this weekend

If Tropical Depression Fourteen becomes a storm, it will be named Michael.

Residents in these areas should monitor the progress of this system.

The National Weather Center in Jacksonville was not down-playing the effects on northeast Florida, including Flagler County. A turn toward the north is expected later today, with that motion at a faster forward speed continuing through early Wednesday. It is important to note that all of the northern Gulf Coast from southeast MS to the western Florida Panhandle remains within the forecast cone. Tuesday and Wednesday's forecasts will be highly dependent on the track.

Several rounds of thunderstorms and heavy rain are once again developing in the Plains and Midwest on Sunday morning.

Tropical Storm Michael was recently near Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. With additional strengthening, it is anticipated to become a hurricane before making landfall along the Florida panhandle on Wednesday. If it continues to strengthen, it will be known as Michael.

Due to the King Tides - exceptionally high tides - along both coasts, coastal flooding also could be a concern.

But it's so big, people 200 miles away from the center are getting hit with tropical-storm-force winds (which are at least 39 mph). Major impacts could start midweek - depending on the storms track, the release says. The National Hurricane Center anticipates that the storm with strengthen into a Tropical Storm later today, and in the coming days the possibility of a Category 1 hurricane. Scott said in the statement.

An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is now en route to investigate Michael.

Governor Scott will reportedly be traveling to Tallahassee on Sunday to receive a briefing from federal, state and local emergency management officials at the State Emergency Operation Center at 5:00 p.m.

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