Michael's maximum sustained winds had reached 70 miles per hour, it said.
The hurricane center advised residents along the northeastern and central U.S. Gulf Coast to monitor the storm's progress.
"With the National Hurricane Center forecasting Tropical Depression 14 to strengthen and impact Florida's Panhandle as a hurricane, families need to get prepared", Scott said.
The Storm Surge Watch means the Tampa Bay area experience "life-threatening" flooding from rising water moving inland from the coastline during the next 48 hours, according to the Hurricane Center.
“Michael” Could be in Our Forecast by End of Week
Thankfully, Michael will be nothing like Florence for the Carolinas, but it will still bring wind and rain.
As of 8 a.m. EDT Monday, the storm was centred about 120 miles (190 kilometres) east-northeast of Cozumel, Mexico, and moving to the north at about 7 mph (11 kph).
On Monday at 5 a.m., the National Hurricane Center issued the Tropical Storm Watch from the Suwannee River to Anna Maria Island, including Tampa Bay.
Before Michael hits the United States, it's expected to dump 3 to 7 inches of rain on western Cuba.
Wind shear, which has slowed the storm's development so far, is forecast to relax, which should also enable the storm to gain strength. By 5 p.m., winds had reached maximum sustained speeds about 50 miles per hour.
"There is an increasing risk of risky storm surge, rainfall, and wind impacts over portions of the northern Gulf Coast by mid-week, although it is too soon to specify the exact location and magnitude of these impacts", the forecast discussion said. Officials also alerted residents living on the coast of the possibility of flooding caused by the storm. The storm will accelerate and strengthen to category two or three hurricane status through Tuesday night, followed by a northeastward motion on Wednesday and Thursday. It's not uncommon for it to flood in St. Augustine during hurricanes and bad storms.
Rick Scott already declared a state of emergency in 26 counties in the northern part of the state on Sunday. He says winds in those areas could reach more than 100 miles per hour (160 kph). He warned that storm surge could affect areas of Florida not in the storm's direct path.
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