Still Far Off, Michael a Growing Menace to Florida Panhandle

Tropical Storm Michael's maximum sustained winds were near 70 mph (110 kph).

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MIAMI (AP) — A tropical storm off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula has rapidly strengthened and could become a dangerous hurricane before an expected midweek strike on the Gulf Coast in the Florida Panhandle, forecasters said Monday. By Monday morning, Tropical Storm Michael’s maximum sustained winds were near 70 mph (110 kph). The National Hurricane Center expected Michael to become a hurricane later in the day. The storm was expected to move into the Gulf of Mexico,…

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