Look out, Florida! Tropical Storm Hermine is on its way. After the storm battered the Gulf of Mexico with 60 mph winds, many expect Hermine will turn into a hurricane by the time it hits the Sunshine state!
As of the morning of Sep. 1, Hermine was still classified as a “Tropical Storm,” but forecasters don’t think it will stay like that for long. They expect it to rock Florida with hurricane-force winds and cause a dangerous storm surge, according to ABC News. Hermine is likely to reach “category one,” and this will be the first time a hurricane has hit Florida since Hurricane Wilma struck in 2005.
The National Hurricane Center is warning residents that winds could reach up to 74 mph when it finally arrives late on Sep. 1, per The Weather Channel. But, even before Hermine officially crashes the Sunshine state, it’s going to cause some trouble. Floridians will experience gusts up to 40 mph, thus making any last-minute storm preparation very difficult.
A hurricane warning had been issued for part of the Florida coast that stretches across the northern outskirts of Tampa to all of Tallahassee to the coastal area south of Pensacola. On top of that, tropical storm warnings have been issued for the Southeastern coast of the United States — all the way up to Myrtle Beach in South Carolina and to North Carolina’s Surf City. It’s definitely a weekend to stay in (and stay safe.)
Hurricanes are pretty bad, but throw in surges and devastating rain and the trouble is tripled. Waters could surge up as high as 7 feet, while some are predicting 5 to 10 inches of rain. Some areas may get drenched with 20 inches! After Louisiana suffered historic levels of rainfall, resulting in flooding that caused Hurricane Katrina-flashbacks, this news is not good for Florida.
On top of all that, there might be tornadoes! “The tornado risk will increase through Thursday and spread into north Florida and southeast Georgia,” the Hurricane Center said. So, hurricanes, flooding, rain and tornadoes? Better keep your fingers crossed that everyone comes out of this okay.
HollywoodLifers – keep Florida in your thoughts and hopefully, Hermine won’t cause any major damage.