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Another potential impact with the arrival of Michael is tropical storm force wind gusts.

"Michael is expected to affect portions of the Florida Gulf Coast that are especially vulnerable to storm surge, regardless of the storm's exact track or intensity", the Hurricane Center warned.

Tropical storm force winds, which extend 175 miles from Michael's center, could reach Florida as early as Tuesday night. Its movement speed was only 8 km/h. There's also a warning in effect for the coast of Mexico from Tulum to Cabo Catoche.

According to the National Weather Service, A storm surge watch and tropical storm watch have been issued for Coastal Manatee and other coastal areas including Coastal Citrus, Coastal Hillsborough, Coastal Levy, Coastal Pasco and Pinellas.

Mr Scott said in the release: "If any Florida family doesn't have an emergency preparedness plan, now is the time to act". "If this storm hit Panama City, Tampa could still have storm surge".

Right now, the National Hurricane Center's forecast path shows Michael may make landfall between Pensacola and Destin, Florida, on Wednesday.

We'll be tracking Michael closely as it churns toward the northern Gulf Coast, so stick with ABC7 for updates.

As of the 5 AM advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Michael had sustained winds of 140 miles per hour with stronger gusts.

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"This storm will be life-threatening and extremely risky", Scott said Sunday after receiving a briefing at the State Emergency Operations Center.

"We need folks on the Gulf Coast and the interior of the Gulf Coast to keep an eye on this thing", said Dennis Feltgen, a hurricane center spokesman.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Michael is packing top sustained winds of 60 mph (95 kph) and is about 105 miles (170 kilometers) east-southeast of Cozumel, Mexico.

The governor declared a state of emergency for Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Gadsden, Liberty, Franklin, Leon, Wakulla, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Hamilton, Suwannee, Lafayette, Dixie, Columbia, Gilchrist, Levy and Citrus counties.

Godsey said winds in the tropical storm range could result in downed trees and power outages.

Michael is the 13th named storm of the 2018 hurricane season.

Through Monday morning, the storm is set to lash the eastern Yucatan Peninsula and western Cuba, which were under tropical storm warnings, with heavy rain and gusty winds. On Sunday, CEMA urged residents to maintain awareness of the storm.

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

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