Anyone with interests along The Northern Gulf should monitor the progress of this storm.
Tropical Depression 14 is now said to be located about 90 miles south of Cozumel, Mexico and 225 miles southwest of the western tip of Cuba.
Cuba has issued a tropical storm warning for the provinces of Pinar del Rio and Isle of Youth.
"Strengthening is forecast during the next several days", the hurricane center said.
The storm is expected to move northward through early Wednesday, during which time it will strengthen, according to the National Hurricane Center.
At 3:48 p.m. CDT (2048 GMT) on Saturday, the disturbance was located in the northwestern Caribbean 175 miles (282 km) south of Cozumel, Mexico, moving northwest at about 6 mph, the National Weather Service said. The speed of the front and trough could actually deflect the storm farther south or east of Virginia, which means any impact to the area would be minimal. An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is now on the way to investigate the new tropical storm. Michael was off the coast of Mexico, heading north. Now-Tropical Storm Michael now sits off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. The declaration will free up resources for storm preparation. Florida governor to declare state of emergency Florida Governor Rick Scott is preparing to declare a state of emergency as he urges Floridians to prepare for a possible hurricane. The system is moving to the north-northwest at 3 miles per hour.
Then, the storm will strengthen over the Gulf of Mexico.
The NHC says that heavy rains are expected to spread over Western Cuba on Sunday.
Based on the current forecast track, Michael would provide rain to our area from late Wednesday until early Friday morning. Air Force Hurricane Hunters are flying through Michael on Sunday afternoon and we'll begin to see a more complete picture of what the storm is doing tonight.