Tropical Storm Michael could bring heavy rainfall to Mexico, Cuba, Gulf Coast

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Lowndes County can expect "at least" 40 miles per hour winds, with gusts to hurricane strength, and three to five inches of rain when the storm moves through the county Wednesday, said Kelly Godsey, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Tallahassee, Fla., office. A northward motion should continue across the east-central Gulf of Mexico through Tuesday, before a gradual northeastward turn is possible late Tuesday into Wednesday. Tropical storm winds extended out 205 miles (335 kilometers), primarily east of the storm's center.

The hurricane center warned that the storm could produce a foot (30 centimeters) of rain in western Cuba, potentially triggering flash floods and mudslides in mountainous areas.

Then, wind shears will become weaker and Michael will become stronger. It is still too soon for specifics. The current predicted path of the tropical storm has it making landfall along the Florida Panhandle.

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


Chris Holcomb and the 11Alive Storm Trackers team will have full coverage all week of Tropical Storm Michael and bring you full details on what sort of effects it will have on our weather in and across the state of Georgia. From Kansas to MI, 24-hour rainfall totals range from 1 to 3 inches.

Tropical Storm Warnings have been issued over the northeastern portion of Mexico's Yucatan Penninsula and the western portions of Cuba have been issued in advance of the storm. Colder air coming in from Canada will cause some precipitation to fall as snow in the Northern Rockies and near the Black Hills in the Northern Plains.

Tropical Storm Michael is expected to move north through the Gulf of Mexico early this week before turning northeast toward the Florida Panhandle. Also, the first widespread snowfall is expected from Colorado to parts of North Dakota. "Waves of showers and thunderstorms will increase in coverage by Tuesday, with local impacts continuing through at least Thursday morning before Tropical Storm Michael accelerates northeastward towards the Carolinas on Thursday".

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