The Gulf Coast is preparing as Tropical Storm Michael developed in the Caribbean Sea and is expected to strengthen into a hurricane before making landfall around the middle of this week.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott ordered activation of the State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee to enhance coordination between federal, state and local agencies.
“Our state understands how serious tropical weather is and how devastating any hurricane or tropical storm can be,” Scott said. “As we continue to monitor this storm’s northward path toward Florida, it is critically important that our communities have every available resource to keep everyone safe and prepared.”