An incoming tropical storm is being hailed as the worst thing to happen this weekend but more importantly, it's surging its way over to Florida as of Sept. 1. Storm Hermine is expected to hit the United States this weekend, currently concentrated in the gulf of Mexico, with Florida being first on its route. If the storm morphs into a hurricane, which is what meteorologists are predicting, this would be the Sunshine State's first storm in 11 years, as the last one was Hurricane Wilma in 2005.
Since the warning signs have appeared, Florida Gov. Rick Scott has already issued a state of emergency in 42 counties in preparation for Tropical Depression 9. In a statement, the governor said:
Last night, hurricane and tropical storm watches were issued along Florida's Gulf Coast from Pasco County to Gulf County. We also learned that the National Hurricane Center expects Tropical Depression Nine to become a Tropical Storm sometime today. It is crucial that every Floridian has a plan in place to ensure their families, homes and businesses are fully prepared.
The brunt of the hurricane is expected to hit Florida by Friday, Sept. 2. The National Hurricane Center is bracing for up to 10 inches of rain and as much as 20 inches in isolated areas.
Hurricane Hermine was moving towards the north-northeast at 12 miles per hours, according to AccuWeather, and Thursday was crucial since that was when it is predicted to gain momentum. "We expect the storm to make landfall north of Tampa, in the Big Bend of Florida during late Thursday night into early Friday morning," said AccuWeather's hurricane expert, Dan Kottlowski, before it became a hurricane. Since Gov. Scott's state of emergency declaration, several schools and colleges in Florida had decided to close due to the weather conditions, from noon Thursday and continuing to Friday.
It is like that it will continue to travel upwards, reaching Boston by Monday, and forecasters warned before Hermine became a hurricane that there could be other natural disasters:. "There is also concern that during the landfall, weak tornadoes might "spin up [northeast] and east of the landfall," according to Bill Karins, a meteorologist with NBC News. Other states likely to get caught in the storm are parts of Georgia and the Carolinas — they might suffer up to seven inches of rain as the hurricane moves northward. "It could be a very lousy holiday weekend for a large part of the population," The Weather Channel's Kevin Roth said, as Hurricane Hermine is most likely going to affect the East Coast area during Labor Day.