Hermine Expected to Become a Hurricane Before Making Landfall in Florida

Tropical Storm Hermine marched across the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, with the National Hurricane Center predicting the storm will make landfall late Thursday or early Friday in the Florida Panhandle.
Tropical Storm Hermine marched across the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, with the National Hurricane Center predicting the storm will make landfall late Thursday or early Friday in the Florida Panhandle.

Tropical Storm Hermine is gaining a little bit of strength in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s the eighth-named storm of the hurricane season in the Atlantic.

Latest info
Hermine is about 195 miles south-southwest of Apalachicola, Florida with maximum winds at 65 mph. Hermine is now expected to become a hurricane prior to making landfall in Florida. Once winds reach 74 mph, the system will be upgraded to a hurricane.

What can metro Atlanta expect?
The worst of Hermine will impact Florida and south Georgia, however the system will produce rain in eastern metro Atlanta. A combination of a cold front and moisture from Hermine will increase the rain chances for the city of Atlanta on Friday.

What can Florida and South Georgia expect?
The worst of Hermine will impact Florida with flooding rains, storm surge and tropical storm winds. While the system isn’t forecast to become a hurricane, hurricane winds of 74 mph will also be possible. Tropical storm conditions are expected to start in Florida Thursday afternoon and eventually move into south Georgia Friday as the storm tracks northeast.

Alerts
A flash flood watch is in effect for Greene, Olgethrope and Putnam counties starting Friday morning through Saturday morning.

A hurricane warning is in effect for Florida, from Panama City to just north of Tampa. A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions — 74 mph winds — are expected within 36 hours.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for northeast Florida up the Georgia coast. A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions — 39 mph winds — are expected within 36 hours.

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SOURCE: WTOC, Rodney Harris, Jim Loznicka, and Rebekka Schramm