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Tropical storm likely to dampen State Fair opening

Tropical storm likely to dampen State Fair opening

If the storm system does take a turn north into the central Gulf of Mexico, it may help break up the red tide algae bloom thats ravaged Floridas coasts in recent months.

Tropical storm warnings are already in effect for Pinar Del Rio and the Isle of Youth in Cuba, as well as the Mexican coast from Tulum to Cabo Catoche for what would be named Michael.

Service of Jamaica says the tropical depression could strengthen to a hurricane by Tuesday night or Wednesday.

According to the National Hurricane Center's 11:55 a.m. ET Sunday update, the maximum winds are estimated to be 40 miles per hour with higher gusts. It will strengthen further as Tropical Storm Michael and move into the southern Gulf of Mexico on Monday.

A third area of interest has formed in the eastern Atlantic near the Azores, but this system has a low chance of development.

WIND: Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the coast within the warning area by this evening or tonight, making outside preparations hard or risky.

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The forecast path for Tropical Depression 14 as of Sunday morning, October 7.

Before Michael hits the United States, it's expected to dump 3 to 7 inches of rain on western Cuba. The most likely solution is landfall along the Florida Panhandle.

"By declaring this state of emergency, Governor Scott is ensuring that state and local government has ample time, resources and flexibility to get prepared for this storm".

On Monday, Michael will emerge over the Gulf of Mexico, where computer model forecasts predict that it will steadily intensify.

Western Cuba can expect 3 to 7 inches of rain, with 12 inches possible in some areas, according to the center. We will closely monitor it as it becomes more organized.

An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is now en route to investigate Michael.