Tropical Storm Michael forms in the Caribbean


The hurricane centre on Sunday upgraded a tropical depression in the Caribbean to a named tropical storm, saying it had winds of up to 40 mph (65 kph).

Newly named Tropical Storm Michael could strengthen to a hurricane as it heads to the Florida Panhandle, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Sunday.

The storm could strengthen into a hurricane by Tuesday night or Wednesday, the hurricane centre said.

The hurricane centre advised residents along the northeastern and central U.S. Gulf Coast to monitor the storm’s progress.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Sunday said he planned to declare a state of emergency for counties in the Florida Panhandle and the Big Bend area of the state. The declaration would free up resources for storm preparation.

“As we continue to monitor this…

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