MIAMI, Florida – NOAA’s National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida issued a Public Advisory at 11 a.m. EDT on Thursday, September 1, 2016, due the presence of Tropical Storm Hermine that will become Hurricane Hermine before making landfall on Florida Thursday night.
A Hurricane Warning has been issued from the Suwannee River westward to Mexico Beach Florida.
A Hurricane Watch is in effect from the Anclote River to Suwannee River and from west of Mexico Beach to Walton/Bay County line.
A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued from the Anclote River to Suwannee River, from west of Mexico Beach to Walton/Bay County line, and for the United States east coast from Marineland, Florida to Surf City, North Carolina.
A Tropical Storm Watch has also been issued for the United States east coast from Surf City, North Carolina to Oregon Inlet, including Pamlico Sound.
Interests along the United States mid-Atlantic and north-east coasts should monitor the progress of this system.
Former Invest 99L and Tropical Depression 9, now Tropical Storm Hermine, is located about 220 miles west of Tampa, Florida, and is moving to the north-northeast at 14 mph.
NHC forecasters believe that the tropical cyclone will continue north-northeastward with a slight increase in forward speed. On the forecast track, the center of Tropical Storm Hermine will near the Florida coast in the warning area tonight.
Maximum sustained winds are 65 mph (100 km/h), with higher gusts. More strengthening is forecast during the day, and Tropical Storm Hermine will become a hurricane before making landfall tonight or early Friday.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km) from the center.
Tropical Storm Hermine is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 5 to 10 inches over portions of northwest Florida through Friday, with isolated maximum amounts of 20 inches possible.
Hermine is expected to produce storm total rainfall accumulations of 5 to 10 inches over portions of northwest Florida and southern Georgia through Friday, with possible isolated maximum amounts of 20 inches.
On Friday and Saturday, Hermine is expected to produce totals of 4 to 8 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 10 inches possible across portions of eastern Georgia, South Carolina, and eastern North Carolina through Saturday. These rains may cause life-threatening flash flooding.
A few tornadoes are possible this afternoon into Friday morning over north Florida and southeast Georgia. The tornado risk will continue across the eastern Carolinas from Friday morning into Friday night.