State of emergency declared in Fla. as depression nears

North Carolina warily watching 2 tropical weather systems

“Tropical Depression Nine will be moving into an area more favorable for strengthening”, according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski. Hermine is inching north at 2 miles per hour.

As of Wednesday morning, Madeline had winds of 80 miles per hour, making it a Category 1 hurricane.

The First Alert Forecast Team continues to track an organizing system in the southern Gulf of Mexico.

During the briefing with Scott, DEM staff said the storm will likely cross over the state to Jacksonville over about one day. The storm system is expected to hit Florida’s west coast on Thursday. Tropical Storm Hermine strengthened into a hurricane Thursday and steamed.

The storm will then continue up the East Coast giving way to clearing conditions across the Carolinas by Sunday. Gillum estimated as many as 100,000 area residents were without electricity.

As hurricane forecasters watch Tropical Depression No. 9 in the Gulf of Mexico, the latest projected track takes the storm close to Middle Georgia.

Watch the video below for the latest forecast for the storm.

The storm would be moving over very warm water with moderate wind shear, and that “reasonably favorable environment” is why the hurricane center is staying with a hurricane watch for the coast, even though the system is still a depression just over a day from landfall.

A tropical storm warning for the North Carolina coast was dropped Tuesday night.

There’s a potential for gale force winds and up to 7 inches of rain for areas in the path of the storm. The tropical storm warning, issued Wednesday morning, covers an area from Anclote River to the Walton County-Bay County line.

Heavy rain caused some local street flooding in South Florida on Tuesday, and more is forecast for Wednesday.

Scarborough, who manages Hatteras Harbor Marina and owns the Harbor Deli next door, said she’s receiving concerned calls from customers and that some captains are canceling fishing trips for Tuesday and Wednesday. Storm total rainfall amounts of 5 to 10 inches are possible over portions of central and northern Florida through Friday, with isolated maximum amounts of 15 inches possible. The Hurricane Center says it also could become a hurricane by the time it makes landfall. Hurricane Lester, yet another storm, spun far out in the eastern Pacific Ocean with winds of 120 miles per hour, and could eventually impact portions of Hawaii by the Labor Day weekend. Large waves also attracted surfers from out of town.