Weather Tropics Watch – Hermine

213134W5_NL_sm 8 p.m. Hermine

Graphic Courtesy: National Hurricane Center/NOAA

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

Hurricane Hermine is  located 45 miles SSEh of Appalachicola, Florida and 105 miles WSW of Cedar Key. Hurricane Hermine with maximum 80 mph winds is moving 14 mph NNE toward Florida.  Hermine is forecast to make landfall early Friday morning in the Big Bend area of Florida.  This storm will be the first hurricane to make landfall in Florida in 11 years.

The National Hurricane Center says Hermine comes with a “life-threatening surge and flooding rains expected.”

“Evacuations are occurring in many counties. If you live in an area where mandatory evacuations are occurring, you need to evacuate now.” Florida Governor Scott tweeted this afternoon.

Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency.  Scott ordered state offices to close at noon today.

Governor Scott urged people in the projected landfall counties to have 3 days of food, water  per person and enough medicine on hand to prepare and follow  evacuations orders from their county and emergency management officials.  Scott also urged people to go to shelters , protect themselves and don’t put themselves nor first responders at risk during Hurricane Hermine.  The hurricane is forecast to make landfall in the early overnight morning hours Friday.

“We can’t help you during the storm,” Governor Scott said. “We  prepare for the worst and hope for the best.”

Florida  Attorney General Pam Bondi also announced a hotline to report price gouging, storm-related scams at 1-866-9-NO-SCAM

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Below is the NHC’s Public Advisory on Hermine at 8:00 p.m.  September 1, 2016

“LOCATION…29.1N 84.8W
ABOUT 45 MI…70 KM SSE OF APALACHICOLA FLORIDA
ABOUT 105 MI…170 KM W OF CEDAR KEY FLORIDA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…80 MPH…130 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…NNE OR 30 DEGREES AT 14 MPH…22 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…983 MB…29.03 INCHES”

“A Hurricane Warning is in effect for…
* Suwannee River to Mexico Beach

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for…
* Anclote River to Suwannee River
* West of Mexico Beach to the Walton/Bay County line

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
* Englewood to Suwannee River
* West of Mexico Beach to the Walton/Bay County line
* Flagler/Volusia County line to Duck
* Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…
* North of Duck to Sandy Hook
* Chesapeake Bay from Smith Point southward
* Southern Delaware Bay

Interests elsewhere along the United States northeast coast should
monitor the progress of this system.

For storm information specific to your area, including possible
inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your
local National Weather Service forecast office.

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
——————————
At 800 PM EDT (0000 UTC), the center of Hurricane Hermine was
located near latitude 29.1 North, longitude 84.8 West.  Hermine is
moving toward the north-northeast near 14 mph (22 km/h), and this
motion with a slight increase in forward speed is expected during
the next day or so.  On the forecast track, the center of Hermine
should cross the coast of Florida in the hurricane warning area
tonight or early Friday.

Reports from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter Aircraft
indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 80 mph
(130 km/h) with higher gusts.  Some slight additional strengthening
is forecast before landfall.  Weakening will begin after Hermine
crosses the coast.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from
the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185
miles (295 km).  NOAA buoy 42036 recently reported sustained winds
of 58 mph (94 km/h) and a wind gust of 78 mph (126 km/h).

The minimum central pressure reported by the Hurricane Hunter
aircraft is 983 mb (29.03 inches).  NOAA buoy 42036 recently
reported a pressure of 989.4 mb (29.22 inches).”

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Sandbag locations: Check with your county for sandbag locations.

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Management advise residents  to buy sand and sandbags at local home improvement stores. A limited supply is available at Hernando County Fire Station #1 located at 1479 Parker Avenue Spring Hill, FL 34606. Sand and sandbags will be available from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please bring your own shovel to make sandbags.

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Free sandbags are available at these Hillsborough County  locations until 4 p.m. Free sandbags also are available in Pinellas County during daytime hours. Proof of  residence required at some sandbag locations.

Prepare for heavier rainfall, possible coastal and inland flooding.

For specific storm impact to your area, go to the National Weather Service social media and http://www.weather.gov.  Type in your zip code, city and state for local forecast, watches and warnings.

Tune into local television, radio, cable, social media, print, online and weather radio for local impacts from these storms in the Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf of Mexico or Carribbean.

 

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