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.
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.
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.