Tropical Storm Hermine formed from Tropical Depression Nine in the south central Gulf of Mexico. This storm is moving generally northeast and will be producing heavy rainfall, gusty winds, high surf, rip currents, some tornadoes, lightning and lowland flooding along most of the Gulf Coast of Florida from just south of Tampa to around Panama City through Friday, September 2. The storm will make landfall near Apalachicola and St. George Island on Thursday and will cross Florida to the northeast. The storm will then produce rain squalls in southern Georgia and along the Atlantic Coast of the US from central Florida to near the North Carolina / Virginia border by this coming weekend. Some intensification may be possible before landfall.
All persons in coastal and central Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas should be monitoring this storm.
UPDATE 3 PM EDT Thursday, September 01, 2016:
Named Storm Hermine has made Category 1 Hurricane status. All details in the post above remain current. Central storm winds are at 75 MPH with gusting to 88 MPH in places. The storm will track over northern Florida and southern Georgia overnight and will track up the coastal areas of South Carolina, North Carolina and southeastern Virginia over the next couple of days. The storm may interact with a high pressure system over the Mid Atlantic area and stall. This may bring heavy rains and coastal issues from Virginia to New England. All persons in the path of this storm should be monitoring local weather advisories for official information.