TAMPA (FOX 13) - We’re well past the peak of hurricane season, but October always has the potential to present tropical issues, especially along the Gulf Coast.
October can even be a higher-risk time of the season for folks along the eastern Gulf Coast because storms tend to form in the western Caribbean or southern gulf this time of year.
On Saturday, this effect was in play as a broad area of low pressure stretched across Central America – which sometimes can help spin up a storm.
As of Saturday evening, there was a pretty good chance we’ll have Tropical Storm Michael in the southern Gulf early next week.
With this kind of approach to the U.S., many locations on the eastern Gulf are on what's considered the ‘bad side’ of the storm, which can lead to storm surge issues, very heavy rain, and even a tornado threat.