At this time this is not an alert but more for information

Tropical Storm Michael has rapidly strengthened overnight and is nearing hurricane intensity as it approaches the Yucatan channel early this morning. Hurricane watches have been posted for the Florida panhandle and Big Bend coasts, with tropical storm and storm surge watches extending southward to include Tampa Bay.

The official forecast indicates that Michael will be near major hurricane strength at landfall late on Wednesday along the Florida panhandle or Big Bend coast.

POSTED: 10-08-17 | 09:15 hrs