Hermine Upgraded to a Hurricane – State of Emergency Declared in Florida & Georgia
Hurricane hunters have been investigating Hermine for several days now and today reported winds surpassing hurricane strength. Hermine is now a category 1 hurricane with sustained winds over 74 mph and is expected to make landfall as a category 1 hurricane. Storm surge, heavy rain, damaging winds and tornadoes are all weather threats with this storm.
— Lisa Bucci (@lbucci45) September 1, 2016
As we await landfall, some of the worst weather will come with the feeder bands of rain that are already impacting parts of Florida. Gov. Rick Scott, of Florida, has declared a State of Emergency for 51 counties and urges people to be safe, “Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst” he said in a press conference earlier today.
This storm system will impact more than just Florida with over 18 million people under some type of tropical storm watch or warning. Georgia has 56 counties under a State of Emergency as this storm approaches. Hermine is expected to track to the NE over Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina and in that time weaken to tropical storm strength. Even as a tropical storm this system will be impacting the U.S. East Coast all through the Labor Day weekend.
Tips to Stay Safe:
- Have a Midland NOAA Weather Radio
- Keep cell phones charged
- 3 days of water / 3 days of food
- If shelter is needed… seek shelter now
- Be careful of downed trees and power lines
- Do not drive through standing water