In 26 Florida counties declared a state of emergency because of the storm, «Michael»

The Governor of Florida Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in 26 counties in the state in the Caribbean is gaining strength tropical storm «Michael».

According to the forecasts of meteorologists, today, October 8 «Michael» could become a hurricane, and later (presumably on Wednesday) — to come down on the North-Eastern coast of the Gulf of Mexico with the force of a hurricane 2nd category.

«Everyone should be ready. “Michael” may go ashore with winds greater than 100 miles per hour. This storm will be extremely dangerous for life, especially within Panhandle and big Band. Every family in the state should be prepared, including for possible evacuation, the Governor said. — Will the strongest wind, there is a risk of flooding, landslides, and tornadoes».

The embattled Florida given 500 national guardsmen.

As of 5 a.m. Eastern time «Michael» was about 145 km East of Cozumel (Mexico). The maximum speed of sustained winds in the storm center reached 113 miles per hour. (Hurricane 1 category starts with 119 km in an hour.)

According to forecasts of the National hurricane center before reaching U.S. shores, «Michael» flood Cuba with showers.