Additional strengthening is expected and is anticipated to become a hurricane before making landfall along the FL panhandle on Wednesday.
Tropical Depression 14 will continue to move north into the Gulf of Mexico, where it is expected to strengthen to tropical storm status by the early part of the workweek.
Eyes on on a developing system on the Gulf of Mexico. A northward motion should continue across the east-central Gulf of Mexico through Tuesday, before a gradual northeastward turn is possible late Tuesday into Wednesday. Right now it is in a very high wind shear environment, but conditions are much more favorable for development in the Gulf. The model has the storm passing through SC sometime between Wednesday evening and Thursday afternoon as a tropical storm before weakening back to a depression.
Maximum sustained winds remain near 30 miles per hour (45 km/h) with higher gusts.
At 100 a.m. CDT (0600 UTC), radar data from Belize indicated that the low pressure system was centered near latitude 18.4 north, longitude 87.1 west.
The system is now moving northwest at 6 mph per the report.
The system, northeast of Honduras, has a 70 percent chance of becoming Tropical Storm Michael in the next five days, the National Hurricane Center said Friday.
For storm information specific to your area, please monitor products issued by your national meteorological service. We need to pay attention to this system.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Leslie is still over the open Atlantic Ocean, moving east away from the USA coast.