“The winds are so strong just above the surface there could likely be higher gusts in any of the stronger squalls that move by”, Pfaff said in the conference call.
The latest National Hurricane Center reported that Tropical Depression Nine is expected to be upgraded to a Tropical Storm (to be named “Hermine”) later Wednesday afternoon.
Flooding rain, storm surge and 60-70 miles per hour winds will threaten the Florida coast, but as the storm moves northeast heavy rain and gusty winds will be the primary concerns. He said an unknown number were taken to area hospitals with injuries that weren’t thought to be life-threatening. A tropical weather system off the coast of North Carolina’s Outer Banks is expected to strengthen in the next day, bringing wi. It was centered about 20 miles west of Valdosta, Georgia, and was moving north-northeast near 14 mph. Water also was crashing into yards near the shore.
“I’ve never seen it this high, it’s pretty damn insane. I need to know where we’re going after we leave the hospital, ‘” Beach said.
Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in 42 counties in preparation for the storm.
“Rough surf is nearly certain, but even some gusty winds or some rain are possible for places like the Cape and Islands or even eastern Massachusetts”, Leonard said. The worst case scenario would be if the storm tracks a bit closer to the coast, because that would mean a higher risk for tropical storm force winds, heavy rainfall with localized flooding and possibly tornadoes, especially near coastal areas.
The storm is expected to make landfall on Thursday afternoon or early evening along Florida’s Nature Coast, which stretches from Jefferson to Pasco counties.
A coastal flood advisory was also in effect along the Alabama and northwest Florida coasts. He sent his wife and daughter into the nearby town of Perry. “It could rip siding off my house”. Eight thousand members of the Florida National Guard are ready to be deployed as well, according to state officials.
Hermine was the first hurricane to hit Florida in more than a decade when it came ashore early Friday. It swept across the Everglades and struck heavily populated south Florida, causing five deaths in the state and an estimated 23 billion dollars in damage. “Sometimes, storms can move unpredictably when they are moving as slowly as Hermine”. However, its track still keeps it toward the Big Bend region of Florida.
One of them, Joe Allen, spray-painted on plywood in large black letters: “Bring it on, Hermine”. “You can never fully protect yourself from nature”.
Meteorologist Chevy Chevalier said the last hurricane to make landfall in Hawaii was Hurricane Iniki in 1992, which hit Kauai Island.