Tropical Storm Michael forms in the Caribbean, expected to move into Gulf of Mexico

Posted at 1:49 PM, Oct 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-07 14:06:20-04

Tropical Depression 14 has strengthened to become a tropical storm in the Caribbean Sea, according to the National Hurricane Center. 

As of 10:55 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Tropical Storm Michael was moving north at 6 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds at 40 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center website.

Tropical Storm Michael is located over the northwest Caribbean Sea.

The National Hurricane Center has forecast the storm to move north into the Gulf of Mexico.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency for several counties in the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend areas.

According to the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Michael is expected to strengthened into a hurricane before making landfall in the western Florida Panhandle on Wednesday, according to a statement from the governor's office Sunday.