Most of the rain was blamed on a low-pressure system off the Pacific coast, but Hurricane Michael in the Caribbean could have also contributed. Michael was forecast to push through warm, relatively shallow Gulf of Mexico waters before moving inland over the northern Gulf coast of Florida.
According to an alert published by the Cuban Civil Defense, meteorologists warned affected residents that they could experience hurricane-force winds. A tropical storm watch was also issued for the eastern coasts of Georgia and SC.
Floridians in counties where election offices closed Tuesday for Hurricane Michael will be able to register to vote the day those offices reopen. Winds in thunderstorms could gust to 50 or 60 miles per hour.
Even though the hurricane is passing to the west, Flagler County residents face an 18 to 40% risk of tropical storm-force winds on Wednesday and Wednesday night, Flagler County officials said Monday evening.
A major concern also is restoring electricity after what is expected to be widespread power outages.
The storm rotates due to the spin of the earth and energy from the warm ocean increases wind speeds as it builds.
Storm surge that could be greater than 6 feet is forecast as far south as Crystal River with more than 9 feet into Apalachicola Bay.
Residents of Florida's Panhandle frantically filled sandbags, boarded up homes and secured boats Monday as they anxiously awaited Hurricane Michael, which forecasters warned could smash into the state's Gulf Coast as a risky major hurricane within days. Anything stronger, and Michael will set the record for the Panhandle's strongest storm.
Other places along the Panhandle could see several feet of storm surge.
Tuesday: Scattered thunderstorms with winds gusting to 40 or 50 miles per hour are possible Tuesday afternoon and night.
The advisories for Hurricane Michael as of October 9, 2018.
A satellite image taken at 10:20 a.m. Tuesday showed Michael as it bore down on Cuba. Wind gusts of 35 miles per hour or more are likely along the coast and could bring down trees and powerlines and rip tarps off homes damaged by Florence, Cooper said. "By contrast, Florence weakened quickly at landfall and its slow forward motion restricted its most damaging winds closer to the landfall point". Since 1851, according to Colorado State University hurricane scientist Phil Klotzbach, nine major hurricanes have struck the Panhandle since semi-accurate record-keeping began in 1851. It now has sustained winds of 85 miles-per-hour. The partial shutdown ahead of Michael helped push oil prices slightly higher on Tuesday.
Even if the storm stays offshore and doesn't directly impact the region, we'll be seeing some soaking rains later this week, partly fueled by Michael. At this point, winds will be from the north.
After landfall, a cold front traveling across the U.S.is expected to pick Michael up and take it through Georgia and the Carolinas.
Wednesday: Showers and thunderstorms are possible from the outer rain bands of Michael or its remnants.
When winds reach 119km/h (74mph), it is known as a hurricane - in the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific - or a typhoon in the Western Pacific.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott called Michael a "monstrous hurricane" with a devastating potential from high winds, storm surge and heavy rains. Some of Michael's moisture will be drawn northward, meaning periods of rain for us Thursday. Power outages are likely if winds are strong enough to bring down wet branches and trees in waterlogged soil.
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