Hurricane Michelle Will Likely Strike Florida

(Miami-AP) -- Hurricane Michelle could strike Florida by Monday, bringing flooding and winds of up to 110 miles per hour to the Keys and southern portions of the mainland.

Max Mayfield is director of the National Hurricane Center. He says that some computer simulations predict the storm will veer to the northeast after striking Cuba hard on Sunday. That would mean Michelle would NOT hit Florida directly, although its effects would still be felt.

Other simulations show it moving north directly over the Keys and into Miami-Dade County, while others show it striking the Gulf coast near Naples.

Michelle is expected to dump between three and six inches of rain on the southern portion of the state, but up to 24 inches could fall under the most extreme predictions. Flooding would be a problem because of the heavy rains the area received throughout the summer.

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