Wednesday, 20 June, 2018

Tropical Storm Warning in effect for the Lowcountry

Image courtesy National Hurricane Center Depression in Gulf upgraded to Tropical Storm Hermine Image courtesy National Hurricane Center
Melinda Barton | 01 September, 2016, 15:23

"On Hermine's present forecast track, wind gusts to 55 miles per hour, rainfall totals between 3" and 8", isolated tornadoes and minor coastal flooding will be possible across portions of Georgia and SC between midnight and 4 p.m. Friday.

The depression is centered about 425 miles (680 kilometers) southwest of Tampa, Florida, and is moving north near 2 mph (4 kph).

The warning covers an area that extends from Marineland, Florida, northward to the South Santee River in SC.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles to the east of the center. A hurricane watch is in effect for Anclote River to Suwannee River and west of Mexico Beach to Destin.

Areas from Destin to Indian Pass, as well as from Aripeka to Bonita Beach could experience a surge of 1-3 feet, and that could also be possible on the Atlantic Coast from the Florida-Georgia line to Cape Fear, the hurricane center said.

Tropical Storm Hermine strengthened over the Gulf of Mexico early Thursday, and forecasters said they expected it to hit Florida with hurricane-force winds and a unsafe storm surge.

Rainfall amounts of 5-10 inches are possible over the Florida peninsula through Friday morning and isolated totals could reach 15 inches, according the the National Hurricane Center.

Several could make landfall - or at least brush the coastline - later this week, bringing heavy rains and possible flooding. Hermine will slowly strengthen through the day on a northeastward path, making landfall early Thursday morning.

Meantime, Hurricane Madeline weakened to a tropical storm as it passed south of Hawaii's Big Island, where officials opened shelters and closed offices, schools and roads on Wednesday. It's still possible for the storm to reach hurricane strength before coming ashore south of Tallahassee late tonight. Some areas could see 20 inches of rain, and there's even the chance of tornadoes in northern Florida and Southeast Georgia.

Also, the system will increase the risk of tornadoes near the central Florida coast. This could be enough for minor areas of coastal flooding especially in flood prone areas like Pawleys Island, Garden City, and Cherry Grove. Rough surf and risky rip currents also remaining a risk through late Friday into early Saturday.