Possible hurricane, now a tropical depression, could impact Gulf Coast by midweek

A tropical storm formed Sunday near the Gulf of Mexico and is forecast to strengthen to a hurricane that could threaten the U.S. Gulf Coast by midweek, the National Hurricane Center said.

The "risk of risky storm surge, rainfall, and wind impacts continues to increase", the National Hurricane Center warned Sunday.

By Monday morning, almost the entire central US will see very heavy rain and possible strong storms.

Michael is now about 90 miles south of Cozumel, Mexico.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for the Cuban provinces of Pinar del Rio and the Isle of Youth.

Florida Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum's campaign said Sunday that he is suspending his campaign activity on Monday and Tuesday to address preparations for Tropical Storm Michael, which is forecast to make a direct hit on Tallahassee, where Gillum is mayor.

A very active weather pattern will bring several rounds of heavy rain to the central USA over the next few days, which could lead to flash flooding, as well as severe weather in parts of the Plains, and even snow to the Northern Rockies and Plains.

It left at least 51 people dead across North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, according to Reuters.

The storm is forecast to move near the northeastern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula on Monday before moving across the eastern portion of the Gulf of Mexico on Monday night through Tuesday night, the NHC reports. Tropical storm winds extended out 205 miles (335 kilometers), primarily east of the storm's center.

Leslie is traveling east at 10 mph with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and is several hundred miles from the United States and Caribbean, the NHC said in a mid-day advisory.

Chris Holcomb and the 11Alive Storm Trackers team will have full coverage all week of Tropical Storm Michael and bring you full details on what sort of effects it will have on our weather in and across the state of Georgia. 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.