Michael Forecast to Move North Well East of South Texas and Likely Produce Minor Coastal Flooding, High Swells & Dangerous Rip Currents.

Location: 19.2 North and 85.5 West

Maximum Sustained Winds: 50 mph

Present Movement: NNE 3 mph

Minimum Central Pressure: 999 mb or 29.50 inches.

Forecast:

Tropical Storm Michael is forecast to increase in speed as it continues to move north, well east of South Texas. Michael is forecast to become a Category 1 hurricane (74 mph or more) late Monday night or early Tuesday morning, then become a Category 2 hurricane with sustained winds of around 100 mph before making landfall in or near the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday.

South Texas Impacts:

With Michael now expected to be a stronger tropical cyclone before making landfall on Wednesday, South Texas will likely experience by mid week:

Minor Coastal Flooding as early as Tuesday and continue through most of the work week, mainly during times of high tide;

Increasing swells and swell periods, resulting in a high risk of rip currents

Possible Small Craft Advisory conditions due to wave heights of 7 or more feet.

Next Update:

An update on Tropical Storm Michael may be issued if conditions change significantly or if deemed necessary.

Also, e-mails will be issued for any Coastal Flood Advisories and/or Warnings as Well as a High Rip Current Risk.