NOAA hurricane hunters flying into tropical depression nine over the Gulf of Mexico found the storm has strengthened… with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph… and the storm has become a tropical storm as of 2pm.
Hermine is centered around 395 miles south/southwest of Apalachicola, Florida and moving very slowly to the north around 2 mph.
There is no change in the expected forecast track… with the storm moving north and then northeast… and the track moving across the Coastal Empire and Low Country on Friday.
Plan for very heavy rainfall (4-7 inches of rain with isolated spots as much as 10 inches) along with gusty winds from 45 to 60 mph as the storm approaches and moves in late Thursday night into Friday.
Stay tuned to WSAV for the latest beginning at 5pm. Also… our weather page at http://www.wsav.com/weather and our hurricane page at http://www.wsav.com/wsav-hurricane-central/ has a wealth of information as your prepare for the storm.
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TROPICAL STORM HERMINE FACTS:
- Recently upgraded to Tropical Storm Hermine
- Moving slowly to the north
- Will increase speed and move to the northeast tonight
- Approaching Florida Big Bend /Panhandle Coastline this afternoon/evening
- This system could potentially become a hurricane before making landfall in North Florida.
IMPACTS TO THE COASTAL EMPIRE AND LOWCOUNTRY:
- Heavy Rain
- Damaging Winds
- Localized Flooding
- Isolated Tornadoes
- Rough Surf
- Beach Erosion