UPDATE: Governor Scott declares state of emergency as TS Michael approaches Florida

    UPDATE as of 4:45 EST: Governor Scott will hold a briefing at the State Emergency Operations Center at 5:00 EST to discuss preparations for TS Michael.

    The current National Hurricane Center forecast has Michael developing into a hurricane and hitting somewhere in the Panhandle of the state. The forecast cone stretches from Cedar Key to Pensacola.

    EARLIER UPDATES:

    Residents from Tampa Bay to Northwest Florida should pay close attention to this tropical system. The tropical storm has strengthened overnight and is now forecast to become a hurricane by midweek. Get the latest on the storm from the National Hurricane Center.