Storm Michael could soon form, hit USA midweek

If this does become a named storm, it will be Tropical Storm Michael.

The heavy winds and rain - which are heading out near Honduras in the Northwestern Caribbean Sea- are expected to reach the Gulf by Monday, forecasters said. Along with the unseasonably warm air, dry Saturday and mostly dry with a few showers Sunday. Theres an 80 percent chance the system will form into a tropical depression or tropical storm in the next 48 hours, the weather service said. The developing system will likely accelerate as it feels the pull of the jet stream, moving onshore along the northern Gulf Coast by mid-to-late week. The latest models show the storm hitting the Florida panhandle at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

All of the forecasters cautioned that conditions could change quickly and urged residents across the Gulf Coast to stay abreast of the storm's progress. This system will directly impact the Gulf Coast States and will eventually spread some moisture our way by Thursday or Friday.

There will be some wind shear affecting this storm. The floodgates open at regular intervals, but South Lafourche Levee District said it was monitoring tides and could change floodgate schedules accordingly. The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season doesn't officially end until November 30.

  • Joey Payne