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Hurricane Michael hits Cuba and Mexico on its way to U.S.

9 October 2018

Hurricane Michael is bringing heavy rainfall to western Cuba and eastern Mexico as it heads toward the southeastern Gulf of Mexico and takes aim at Florida, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Monday.

The Category 1 Atlantic hurricane is currently located northwest of the western tip of Cuba with maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour, the NHC said. Michael is forecast to become a major Category 3 hurricane by Tuesday night, the Miami-based weather forecaster said. After hitting Florida, the storm is forecast to move northeast on Wednesday and Thursday along the Atlantic Coast and batter the Carolinas, which are still recovering from Hurricane Florence last month.