Florida – The NHS has officially upgraded TD9 to Tropical Storm Hermine.
The system is slowly moving north and north-east towards the Big Bend region and the eastern panhandle of FL, where it will then continue to move up along the southeast coast of the US. The system is expected to make landfall early Friday morning over the Big Bend area.
East-central FL will likely see heavy rainfall and possibly isolated tornadoes. Tropical storm force wind gusts between 35 and 45 mph can also be expected.
“We’re gonna stress that in this particular system the primary threat will be heavy rainfall,” said Will Ulrich, meteorologist with NWS Melbourne. Ulrich expects 2 to 3 inches of rainfall in Volusia County between now and Friday.
“There will be localized flooding, especially in areas that have poor drainage,” said Ulrich. “That’s something drivers are going to have to keep an eye out for.” He also added that NWS will probably be issuing flood watches later today or tomorrow.
While it’s important to prepare for the worst, Ulrich did say that the brunt of this system “will be passing to the north of east-central FL.”
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