Hurricane Warnings Issued for Parts of Florida
Hurricane Warnings were posted for a wide swatch of northwest Florida on Wednesday night as Tropical Storm Hermine continued to strengthen as it moved towards Florida.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, Florida issued the Hurricane Warning for a large area of northern Florida, including Tallahassee, as Hermine intensified rapidly on Wednesday.
The storm was only named a Tropical Storm during the early afternoon hours of Wednesday, but by early Thursday morning it had strengthened to maximum sustained winds of 60 miles-per-hour (MPH). The NHC’s official forecast now calls for a landfalling hurricane either very late on Thursday night or early on Friday morning, likely along the eastern coastline of the Florida panhandle.
A Hurricane Warning means hurricane conditions are expected for the warned area.
Storm surge, heavy rainfall, strong winds and isolated tornadoes are all expected on Thursday and Friday across much of the Southeast.
Tropical Storm Watches and Warnings extended well into the Southeast, where Hermine is expected to track after landfall. Heavy rain and gusty winds are the primary expected impacts further inland.
If Hermine makes landfall on Florida as a hurricane, it would become the first hurricane to make landfall on the state since Hurricane Wilma in October of 2005.
Stay with WeatherNation and our team of on-the-ground Field Correspondents throughout the duration of Hermine.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi