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Posted: Sunday, October 7, 2018. 4:53 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is monitoring Tropical Storm Michael which formed this morning in the Caribbean Sea.

According to the NHC, Tropical Storm Michael is forecast to strengthen into a hurricane over the next couple of days.

The NHC is predicting that the storm will head straight for the Gulf Coast and will probably make landfall as a Category 1 Hurricane on Wednesday.

As of 5 p.m. EDT, the storm had winds of 50 mph and was about 130 miles southeast of Cozumel, Mexico.

The storm was moving to the north-northeast at 3 mph.

“Heavy rainfall, wind and storm surge impacts will be possible across portions of the northern Gulf Coast by midweek,” the NHC said.

Tropical storm warnings were posted for western Cuba and Mexico’s northeast Yucatan Peninsula, including Cancun.

Michael is the 13th named tropical storm or hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

In Belize, the National Meteorological Service (NMS) posted on their website that Belizeans should expect relatively moist and unstable conditions in the country due to Tropical Storm Michael.

The NMS said that the forecast for the next 24 hours is for cloudy with sunny breaks during the daytime and cloudy at times tonight.

“A few showers, thunderstorms or periods of rain will occur mostly over northern and inland areas this afternoon then along some coastal and southern offshore areas tonight and tomorrow morning”, the NMS further stated.

Small craft caution in effect for gusty winds and occasionally rough seas.

The NMS says that flood alert remains in effect for localized flooding over low lying and flood prone areas in Belize.

The overall outlook is for a few showers or isolated thunderstorms which will continue mainly over northern and inland areas Monday afternoon decreasing and becoming isolated by Tuesday morning.

 

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