ORLANDO, Fla. — We're closely monitoring the movement of Michael as it tracks north across the Gulf of Mexico.

We’ve already been seeing outer squalls from the storm across Central Florida, and will continue to do so into Wednesday night. Although the worst of Michael will stay well to our west and northwest, fast moving showers could contain strong wind gusts and torrential rain, possibly a brief tornado spin up as the hurricane passes well to our west.

Rain coverage is expected to be around 60 to 70-percent Tuesday through Thursday, with one to four inches of rain total and isolated six inch amounts near I-75. Any sun peeks will be few and far between through Thursday afternoon, but will be enough to help push our highs into the mid-80s to around 90.

Timing differences exist in the weather models with a front dropping in, but in any case, we will watch drier air cutting rain coverage back to 20 to 30-percent Friday into Saturday.

Rough surf and large, breaking waves are providing us another day of dangerous ocean conditions, courtesy of distant Leslie.

Wave heights of four to six feet will be chopped up and difficult to ride, so our surfcast looks poor for Tuesday. Long period swells will keep us in a high rip risk.

Tropical Update

In the tropics, Hurricane Michael is the main tropical story here at Spectrum News 13, but elsewhere in the tropics, Leslie continues moving southeast in the open central Atlantic and is no threat to land. Leslie could strengthen more as it eventually turns northeast and slides just south of the Azores this weekend.

Another system south of the Cabo Verde Islands could become a tropical depression before week’s end, but is no threat to land.

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