Hermine becomes first hurricane to make landfall in Florida in 11 years

By By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist.
September 05, 2016, 3:18:09 AM EDT

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Hermine made landfall in Florida early Friday morning and will continue to spin northeastward from Georgia to the Carolinas with the risk of flooding, damaging winds and tornadoes through Friday night.

Hermine made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane over the Florida Panhandle and was the first hurricane to make landfall in Florida since Wilma in 2005.


Cities at risk for major adverse weather conditions include Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville, Florida; Savannah and Macon, Georgia; Charleston, Columbia and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; and Fayetteville, Wilmington and Raleigh, North Carolina.

Airline delays and cancellations will occur from Florida to North Carolina. Travel may be slow, if not difficult and dangerous along portions of Interstate 95, I-75, I-20 and Route 17.


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Even though Hermine will gradually weaken through Friday night, a general 4-8 inches of rain is likely with locally 10 inches possible. This is enough rain will fall to cause flash and low-lying-area flooding even though some locations were experiencing abnormally dry conditions.


Gusts from southeastern Georgia to coastal North Carolina will range between 30 and 60 mph. The strong winds will down trees and tree limbs and may cause minor property damage.

Locally severe thunderstorms will occur from central Florida to eastern North Carolina. Some of the strongest storms can produce brief, isolated tornadoes.


Even though the center of the storm is inland, there will continue to be rough surf, beach erosion and coastal flooding from northeastern Florida to northeastern North Carolina.

Bathers and boaters should heed all restrictions. To venture in the surf or on the ocean in these conditions will not only put yourself at risk, but also your would-be rescuers.

While conditions will improve in the southeastern United States this weekend, impact from Hermine will not end after North Carolina.

During Labor Day weekend, the storm is likely to re-energize over the Atlantic Ocean, perhaps as a hybrid storm or nor'easter. Hermine will slow and stall off the mid-Atlantic coast and threatens to cause days of pounding surf, beach erosion, strong winds and heavy rain in coastal areas from Virginia to New York state.

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