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article imageHermine upgraded to a 'Life-threatening' Category 1 Hurricane

By Karen Graham     Sep 1, 2016 in Environment
The National Hurricane Center upgraded Tropical Storm Hermine to a Category 1 Hurricane Thursday evening. The storm is now packing maximum sustained winds of 75 mph as it continues to close in on the Big Bend region of Florida's Gulf Coast later tonight.
The National Hurricane Center's 4:00 p.m. advisory also extended the Tropical Storm warning further northward along the Atlantic coast north of Surf City to Duck, North Carolina, including the Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds.
A Tropical Storm watch has been issued for north of Duck to Sandy Hook, New Jersey, including the Chesapeake Bay from Smith Point southward, and the southern Delaware Bay.
NOAA hurricane hunter WP-3D Orion and Gulfstream IV aircraft in flight.
NOAA hurricane hunter WP-3D Orion and Gulfstream IV aircraft in flight.
At the last advisory, Hurricane Hermine was located about 121 miles west-southwest of Cedar Key, Florida, moving north-northwest at 14 mph. Hermine's minimum central pressure was 988 MB, 29.18 inches. According to NBC News, the storm is expected to make landfall around midnight tonight or early Friday morning somewhere between Apalachicola and Horseshoe Beach.
According to CNN, Florida Governor Rick Scott told reporters, "This is life-threatening. The storm surge, by itself, is life-threatening." The NHC warns that if the storm surge is coupled with high tide, we could be looking at water coming in at over eight feet above ground in some areas of the Gulf coast. The NHC cited the Indian Pass to Longboat Key area as being particularly dangerous if this should happen.
Governor Scott reminded residents that it has been 11 years since a hurricane has made landfall in Florida, adding that so many people have moved to the state since that time, plus the state is playing host to many visitors. He warned everyone in the storm's path to have at least three days of supplies and to heed any mandatory evacuation orders along the coast.
Forecasters are warning that this storm is asymmetric and has some very dangerous winds and rain to the east and southeast of the center. There is a tornado watch in effect for 41 Florida counties until 11 p.m. tonight.
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