"Michael" Could be in Our Forecast by End of Week

Those from Appalachicola to the Gulf coasts of Alabama and MS need to closely monitor the forecast.

Eyes on on a developing system on the Gulf of Mexico.

The low pressure center over Oklahoma that helped to provide scattered showers on Saturday, will travel north along the frontal boundary into IL on Sunday.

That may seem like a long name.

Forecasters say a tropical depression in the Caribbean could strengthen over the next several days and become a hurricane by midweek.

Another warm day is on the way Monday with a few showers and storms developing, mainly in the afternoon or evening. If that happens, it will be named Michael.

No. 14's sustained winds blew at 35 miles per hour, just below tropical storm strength, at 8 a.m.

Conditions continue to be more favorable for an area of disturbed weather in the Northern Caribbean as it makes its way north into the Gulf of Mexico. Winds will likely run from 20-35 miles per hour. 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. Later today, I will receive a full update and briefing on the forecast and potential impacts of the storm from federal, state and local emergency management officials. Landfall could be sometime on Wednesday. But the weather service cautions that even if the system doesnt turn into a major storm, it could still bring "torrential" rain to nearby coastal areas. Until then, it is not a reason to panic in the Big Bend and South Georgia, but instead review storm plans and storm kits.

As of Saturday it was moving north and posed a 90 percent chance of development within five days.

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