The National Hurricane Center announced Wednesday night that Tropical Storm Hermine will more than likely strike the Florida Gulf Coast as a hurricane - the first hurricane to hit Florida since 2005 when Wilma hit us.
The entire First Coast is now under a Tropical Storm Warning. This means we are expected to see tropical storm conditions within the next 36 hours.
Current threat to life and property is now elevated. Tropical force winds of 39 to 57 mph. Potential impacts from the main wind event are still unfolding. Extend of realized impacts will depend on the actual strength, duration, and exposure of the wind in particular locations.
Hermine's winds have increased to 60 mph and it is now moving north-northeast at 10 mph, putting the center of the storm over the Florida coast sometime around Thursday night. Winds extend 125 miles out from the center.
The watch means tropical storm conditions - with winds sustained at 45 mph as of now - are expected in our area late Thursday into early Friday, along with other potential impacts including heavy rain (four inches or more) and the potential of tornadoes. Winds extend 125 miles out from the center of the storm.
The National Hurricane Center advises that all residents in the big bend area of the Panhandle within the storm path rush to complete all preparations, as at least tropical storm force winds will begin pounding the coast sometime tomorrow afternoon.
Areas to the west could see rain of 5-10 inches, while more coastal areas are forecasted to get 4-8 inches of rain.
The entire area is also under a Flood Watch from Thursday afternoon to Friday night.
We should begin to experience these weather conditions late Thursday night into Friday night.
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