Hurricane Hermine impacting Florida Gulf Coast

Tropical Storm Hermine strengthened into a hurricane Thursday and is heading towards Florida’s Gulf Coast, which hasn’t had a hurricane landfall for a decade.

Hurricane Hime’s current track has forced tropical watches and warnings have been issued along the East Coast from Florida to the Jersey Shore, reaching wind speeds up to 75 miles per hour.

According to to the National Hurricane Center, Hermine became a Category 1 hurricane and is expected to slam into Florida’s eastern Panhandle by early Friday, bringing potentially deadly storm surges of up to 8 feet along with heavy rain.

Hermine could bring up to 10 inches of additional rainfall to some places, reaching up to possibly 15 inches in small areas, reports CNN.

Heavy rainfall is also expected in parts of Georgia and the eastern Carolinas.

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