Some strengthening is forecast during the next several days, and the depression is expected to become a tropical storm later Sunday.
The Weather Channel has noted that forecast guidance is unanimous that Michael will trek north through the Gulf of Mexico and likely pose a threat to parts of the U.S. Gulf Coast by midweek.
At 11 a.m., the National Hurricane Center said what is now Topical Depression 14 was located about 90 miles south of Cozumel, Mexico, with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph.
"Well in advance of the approach of Tropical Storm Michael onshore winds will strengthen along the Atlantic coast Monday and Tuesday". Despite the wind shear, this system should become tropical storm "Michael" before the end of the weekend.
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The 8 PM forecast shows continued movement north through the Gulf of Mexico.
Tropical Depression 14 has formed just east of the Yucatan Peninsula.
According to a news release from Scott's office, the declaration will ensure governments have the "time, resources and flexibility" to prepare for the storm. Michael will likely strengthen to a weak Category One Hurricane on Wednesday with sustained wind near 80 miles per hour, before making landfall anywhere from Alabama to the Big Bend coastline of Florida on Wednesday. Higher amounts of 3-6 inches are possible toward the Florida panhandle.
Rainfall: the low is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 3 to 7 inches over western Cuba and 2 to 4 inches over the Yucatan Peninsula, Belize, and northern Honduras through Tuesday. We will closely monitor it as it becomes more organized. By Wednesday night, the storm is forecast to be over interior Georgia.