Eye Of Hurricane Hermine Should Make Landfall In Next Few Hours

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The eye of Hurricane Hermine should make landfall in the next few hours.

At 11 p.m., Thursday, the center of the hurricane was about 40 miles west of Apalachicola, Florida.

Maximum sustained winds were up to 80 mph with higher gusts. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles

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

Hermine is moving toward the north-northeast near 14 mph.  A general motion toward the northeast is expected with an increase in forward speed Thursday night through Friday night.  On the forecast track, the center of Hermine should make landfall along the coast of Apalachee Bay during the next few hours, then move across the eastern Florida Panhandle into southeastern Georgia early Friday.

Hermine is expected to produce storm total rainfall accumulations of 5 to 10 inches over the southeastern United States from northwest Florida through southern and eastern Georgia into South Carolina and eastern North Carolina, with possible isolated maximum amounts of 15 inches.

The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline.  There is a danger of life-threatening inundation within the next 12 to 24 hours along the Gulf coast of Florida from Indian Pass to Longboat Key.

As for Hurricane Gaston, it’s losing strength.

At 11 p.m., the center of the system was about 395 miles west of Faial Island in the central Zores.

Maximum sustained were down to 75 mph with higher gusts.

Gaston is moving toward the east-northeast near 23 mph.  An eastward or east-northeastward motion at a slower forward speed is expected during the next day or so.  On the forecast track, the center of Gaston will move near the western Azores on Friday, and pass north of the central Azores Friday night.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
* Flores and Corvo in the western Azores
* Faial, Pico, Graciosa, Sao Jorge, and Terceira in the central Azores

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