Tropical Storm Hermine is strengthening in the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to make landfall on the northwest Florida coast late Thursday night.
According to a release from Bulloch County Emergency Management Director Ted Wynn Wednesday, GEMA/Homeland Security and the National Weather Service at Charleston held conference calls late Wednesday afternoon to discuss possible impacts and actions.
Tropical storm "Hermine," is scheduled to bring heavy rain and wind gusts to Florida towards the end of this week, but weather experts have predicted that it could also strike New England and MA over the weekend. Areas south of I85 like Greenwood and Abbeville could see 2-4 inches of rain with the storm if it keeps its current track near the midlands.
Heavy rains were already pounding parts of the state on Wednesday morning.
High surf and unsafe rip currents are also likely along Florida's Gulf Coast. Rainfall amounts could be low or high depending on: 1. The highest winds will be very near the coast wind gusts of 40 to 50 miles per hour will be possible.
Although the system is expected to hit "somewhere well north of Tampa Bay", Fleming said people should reduce travel and have a plan in case power outages occur. "There's about a 30 percent chance of tropical force gusts in Albany". Latest forecast places peak winds impacting the area between 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts as high as 45 miles per hour. The intensity of the rain, potential thunderstorms and wind will be determined by the track and strength of the storm, he said. The watch area includes the coastal Georgia cities of Brunswick and St. Marys. Areas along the Gulf coast could see water levels reach up to five feet above the ground if a peak surge occurs at the time of high tide. That high volume could trigger flash flooding. Risky rip currents and beach erosion will remain possible as well.
Check The Palm Beach Post's interactive storm tracking map. Originally the official track took the storm farther out to sea and well west of Pennsylvania.
All of the rain and wind associated with Tropical Storm Hermine will quickly exit the area on Friday night and the Labor Day weekend continues to look very nice.