Michael has become a hurricane as the storm gets ready to move into the Gulf of Mexico, according to the National Hurricane Center.
At this point, the storm is not expected to significantly impact Mississippi.
Forecasters at the center in Miami say Michael will move over very warm waters and could strengthen into a major hurricane with winds topping 111 mph by Tuesday night.
Michael was lashing western Cuba late Monday morning with heavy rains and strong winds.
Michael is forecast to make landfall by midweek in Florida’s Panhandle or Big Bend.