Michael takes aim at Northwest Florida – News – Northwest Florida Daily News

Late-season Tropical Storm Michael swirled into life on Sunday and began a slow march toward what forecasters predicted would be a Northwest Florida landfall, possibly as a hurricane.

The storm, born from a tropical depression that formed in the northwest Caribbean Sea early Sunday, was expected to enter the southern Gulf of Mexico on Monday and build up its winds to hurricane force by landfall.

In its 7 p.m. advisory the National Hurricane Center said Michael was located about 105 miles southeast of Cozumel, Mexico, or about 230 miles southwest of the western tip of Cuba in the northwest Caribbean Sea. Winds were estimated to be 60 mph and the barometric pressure was at 997 millibars.

The storm was moving toward the north at about 5 miles per hour, the advisory said. 

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