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----------700 PM CDT Sun Oct 07 2018
...MICHAEL A LITTLE STRONGER... ...HEAVY RAINS EXPECTED OVER WESTERN CUBA TONIGHT AND MONDAY... ...THREAT TO THE NORTHEASTERN GULF COAST CONTINUES TO INCREASE...
 SUMMARY OF 700 PM CDT...0000 UTC...INFORMATION ---------------------------------------------- LOCATION...19.9N 85.4W ABOUT 105 MI...170 KM ESE OF COZUMEL MEXICO ABOUT 140 MI...230 KM SSW OF THE WESTERN TIP OF CUBA MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...60 MPH...95 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT...N OR 5 DEGREES AT 5 MPH...7 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...997 MB...29.44 INCHES
 WATCHES AND WARNINGS -------------------- CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:
None.
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for... * The Cuban provinces of Pinar del Rio and the Isle of Youth * The coast of Mexico from Tulum to Cabo Catoche, including Cozumel
A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area, in this case within the next 12 hours.
Interests along the northeastern and central U.S. Gulf coast should monitor the progress of Michael.
For storm information specific to your area, please monitor products issued by your national meteorological service.
 DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK ---------------------- At 700 PM CDT (0000 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Michael was located near latitude 19.9 North, longitude 85.4 West.  Michael is moving toward the north near 5 mph (7 km/h).  A general northward motion with some increase in forward speed is expected over the next few days.  On the forecast track, the center of Michael will move over the Yucatan Channel on Monday, and then across the eastern Gulf of Mexico late Monday through Tuesday night, and approach the United States northeastern Gulf coast on Wednesday.
Recent data from an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft indicate along with satellite images indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is expected during the next few days, and Michael is forecast to become a hurricane Monday night or Tuesday.
Reports from the reconnaissance aircraft indicate that tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 170 miles (275 km) to the northeast and southeast of the center.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 997 mb (29.44 inches).
 HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND ---------------------- WIND:  Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the Cuban coast within the warning area by this evening or tonight, making outside preparations difficult or dangerous.
RAINFALL:  Michael is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 3 to 7 inches over western Cuba and 2 to 4 inches over the Yucatan Peninsula and Belize through Tuesday.  Isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches are possible in western Cuba.  This rainfall could lead to life-threatening flash floods and mudslides in areas of mountainous terrain.
Elsewhere, outer rain bands from Michael are expected to produce total rain accumulations of 2 to 4 inches across the Florida Keys through Tuesday.
 NEXT ADVISORY ------------- Next complete advisory at 1000 PM CDT.
$$ Forecaster Stewart
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