Tropical Storm Hermine may grow to hurricane strength before hitting Florida

Tropical Storm Hermine may grow to hurricane strength before hitting Florida

Tropical Storm Hermine may grow to hurricane strength before hitting Florida

Tropical storm force winds of between 30-40 miles per hour, and gusts of up to 55 miles per hour, are expected from Friday afternoon to Saturday morning, the Weather Service said. Winds were 65 miles per hour.

"Typically these storms lose strength once they hit land, so the [Beaufort County] area shouldn't expect anything above tropical storm conditions,"James Carpenter, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Charleston, said". Coastal counties in the Big Bend area also are under a hurricane warning. Flash flood watches extended from Florida into Virginia. Tropical storm warnings extend out to the Anclote River north of the Tampa area to the Walton/Bay County line on the Florida panhandle.

In addition, a flash flood watch continues for portions of east central Georgia and central SC including the counties of Burke, Columbia, McDuffie, Richmond, Aiken, Bamberg and Barwnell. Greaves said he lived in South Florida when Hurricane Andrew devastated the area in 1992.

Current threat to life and property is now elevated.

Plus, Florida residents are being warned about a unsafe storm surge and tide that will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded. Temperatures Thursday are projected to reach around 84 degrees, with a high of 81 on Friday under sunny skies.

People already were dealing with high water along the state's Gulf Coast ahead of Hermine.

"Those on higher ground are stocking up and hunkering down", said Pamela Brownlee, director of emergency management for coastal Franklin County. We could see a steady heavy rain throughout the day on Friday.

The National Weather Service in Wilmington, North Carolina, is warning residents to be prepared for heavy rains, possible flooding and perhaps even tornadoes as Tropical Storm Hermine heads toward the state from the Gulf of Mexico. The rain gauge at Pinellas Countys Real-Time Weather Station located at the Courthouse in Clearwater recorded 7.71 inches of rain on Wednesday.

A few tornadoes are possible this afternoon into Friday morning over north Florida and southeast Georgia. "On Friday and Saturday, Hermine could dump 4" to 8" of rainfall in SC and eastern North Carolina.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for... By the time it arrives, it's expected to be a category one hurricane, reports Omar Villafranca. Hurricane season doesn't officially end until November 30.

This hurricane activity isn't likely to slow down in the coming weeks, either. Forecasters downgraded Madeline from a hurricane to a tropical storm as it.

Hermine's upgrade from tropical storm makes it the fourth hurricane of 2016 in the Atlantic basin.

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