Michael reaches hurricane strength as it churns toward Florida

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Governor Rick Scott ordered a state of emergency Sunday for 26 counties in the Panhandle and Big Bend area, which will free up resources for storm preparation and recovery efforts.

"This storm will be life-threatening and extremely unsafe", Scott said after receiving a briefing at the State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee.

A Hurricane Watch has been issued from the Alabama-Florida border eastward to the Suwanee River.

As of 8 a.m. ET Monday, Tropical Storm Michael was centered about 70 miles east-northeast of Cozumel, Mexico, and 70 miles south of the western tip of Cuba, the hurricane center said.

Michael overcame several weather barriers Monday morning to become a hurricane and is tracking north toward Florida's Gulf Coast. "Don't take a chance", continued Scott, who activated 500 National Guard Troops in advance of the storm. Michael will move across the eastern Gulf of Mexico Tuesday and Tuesday night, and is expected to move inland over the Florida Panhandle or Florida Big Bend area on Wednesday, and then move northeastward across the southeastern United States Wednesday night and Thursday.Data from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 75 miles per hour (120 km/h) with higher gusts.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for western Cuba.

Not only is the coastline in danger, so are inland areas of Florida, Alabama and Georgia, forecasters warn.

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"Everybody's got to get ready". "We're going to get storm surge, we have wind, we have a chance of flooding, we have a significant chance of tornadoes".

The storm is expected to dump 4 to 8 inches of rain on Cuba, with some areas of the island nation seeing up to a foot of water.

Tropical storm Michael is expected to intensify as it travels northwards in the Caribbean sea and it may have a major effect on U.S. oil production and transportation by mid-week.

Less than 24 hours later, on Monday, Micheal became a Category 1 hurricane. This rainfall could lead to life threatening flash floods.Florida Peninsula, Florida Keys, portions of the Mid-Atlantic States, and the southern New England coast.2 to 4 inches with local amounts of 6 inches.

The storm will head northward and pick up speed Tuesday evening.

Meanwhile, Scott, the Republican nominee for US Senate, will be leaving the campaign trail for the "next few days" to address storm preparations, a campaign spokesperson told CNN.