MICHAEL MOVING NORTH-NORTHWESTWARD THROUGH THE SOUTHERN GULF OF MEXICO

Hurricane Michael is centered as of 4 a.m. CDT over the southern Gulf of Mexico about 390 miles (630 km) south of Apalachicola. On the forecast track, the center will continue to move over the southern Gulf of Mexico this morning, then move across the eastern Gulf of Mexico later today and tonight, move inland over the Florida Panhandle or Florida Big Bend area on Wednesday, and then move northeastward across the southeastern United States Wednesday night and Thursday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 90 mph (150 km/h) with higher gusts. Strengthening is expected, and Michael is forecast to be a major hurricane at landfall in Florida. Weakening is expected after landfall as Michael moves through the southeastern United States.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect from the Okaloosa County Line Florida to Anclote River Florida. A Storm Surge Watch is in effect from the Anclote River to Anna Maria Island Florida, including Tampa Bay, and from the Alabama/Florida border to Okaloosa/Walton County Line, Florida. A Hurricane Warning is in effect from the Alabama/Florida border to Suwannee River Florida. A Hurricane Watch is in effect from the Alabama/Florida border to the Mississippi/Alabama border. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from the Alabama/Florida border to the Mississippi/Alabama border; from the Suwanee River to Chassahowitzka Florida, and for the Cuban province of Pinar del Rio. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect from Chassahowitzka to Anna Maria Island Florida, including Tampa Bay; the Mississippi/Alabama border to the Mouth of the Pearl River, and from Fernandina Beach, Florida, to South Santee River, South Carolina. Interests elsewhere across the southeastern United States should monitor the progress of Michael.

For storm information specific to your area in the United States, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office www.weather.gov For storm information specific to your area outside the United States, please monitor products issued by your national meteorological service.

An intermediate advisory will be issued by NHC at 7 a.m. CDT and a complete advisory at 10 a.m. CDT – www.hurricanes.gov