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Hermine downgraded to a tropical storm; moving through Georgia

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Published: Aug. 31, 2016 at 9:47 AM EDT
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By: WCTV Eyewitness News

September 2, 2016 7:00 AM)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The center of tropical storm Hermine is located roughly 35 miles northeast of Valdosta.

A majority of the rain associated with the storm is located east of Dougherty and Grady counties in Georgia. Strong winds are possible over the next few hours. Moderate to heavy rainfall could also lead to flooding in low-lying areas. Hermine continues north-northeast at 14 mph. The next advisory on the tropical storm will be issued at 8 AM eastern time.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News

September 2, 2016 (6:00 AM)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Tropical storm Hermine continues inland into south Georgia. As of the 5 AM advisory, maximum winds are at 70 mph.

Tropical storm warnings remain for a majority of the counties in Florida and South Georgia. Moderate to heavy rain is accompanying a band extending into Colquitt, Berrien, Tift, and Worth counties in Georgia. Strong winds, high wind gusts, and heavy rain continue to be the main threat. The wind and rain could lead to downed trees and power lines, causing additional power outages in Georgia.

Utility crews will assess damages and begin repairs once weather conditions are safe enough to do so. Officials remind citizens to avoid traveling on roads until cleanup is complete and repairs are made.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News

September 2, 2016 (5:30 AM)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Hermine remains a strong tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph and a minimum central pressure of 988 millibars. The storm continues to move north-northeast at 14 mph. The National Weather Service will continue tropical storm warnings through south Georgia until further notice.

A majority of the rain and high winds associated with Hermine is moving into South Georgia. Heavy rain and high wind continues to be the threat for South Georgia communities. Most of the heaviest rain and high wind has exited North Florida. Madison, Jefferson, and Northern Leon county could still receive moderate rain.

Outer bands of rain continue to impact Central Dixie county and extend across I-75. Expect wet roads downed trees and branches, and power outages this morning.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News

September 2, 2016 (4:55 AM)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The National Hurricane Center has downgraded Hermine to a tropical storm as of the 5 am ET advisory. Hermine now has maximum sustained winds of 70 mph with a minimum central pressure of 988 millibars.

Hermine continues to move towards the north-northeast at 14 mph. It was 20 miles west of Valdosta as of the latest advisory.

Further decaying of intensity is expected as it has now lost its warm water fuel source. It's expected to become extratropical within the next 48 hours as it aims for New England's coast.

Hermine will continue to be a problem for South Georgia as it will bring damaging wind gusts and heavy rain. Conditions will continue to improve for Florida's Big Bend as the center and associated rain bands move north-northeast.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News

September 2, 2016 (4:36 AM)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Conditions will slowly improve over Leon County in the near term as that band on the southwestern side of the center of circulation continues to move out.

Unfortunately, Hermine is now a problem for South Georgia. The National Weather Service reported a 53-mph wind gust in Valdosta at 3:53 am. Gusty winds and heavy rain can be expected as Hermine moves north-northeast.

The National Hurricane Center is expected to release their next full advisory at 5 am.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News

September 2, 2016 (4:08AM)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Hurricane Hermine's winds have decreased to 75 mph, according to the 4 am ET position statement from the National Hurricane Center. The minimum central pressure has increased slightly to 986 millibars.

As of 4 am, the center of the storm was located 35 miles to the east-northeast of Tallahassee. It continues to move to the north-northeast at 14 mph.

The City of Tallahassee tweeted moments ago that they will now be dispatching crews to begin power restoration.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News

September 2, 2016 (3:35AM)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Hermine continues to make its way through the Big Bend of Florida. Tallahassee is currently getting the southwestern side of the inner band. This is keeping conditions hazardous with damaging wind gusts and heavy rain in the city.

Reports are coming into the NWS of "high winds and rough conditions" in the Killearn Lakes area, and Capital Circle NW and I-10.

The FSU WeatherSTEM station is reporting wind gusts of 48 mph (as of 3:29 AM).

The rain band is moving through South Georgia, which will increase the risk of damaging winds and heavy rain.

Conditions along the Big Bend coastline will improve as the storm lifts to the north-northeast.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News

September 2, 2016 (2:53AM)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The 3 am position update from the NHC has Hermine 25 miles east of Tallahassee, still moving north-northeast at 14 mph.

Maximum sustained winds remain at 80 mph, according to the NHC. Some of the highest winds currently recorded from nearby stations include 43-knot (49 mph) sustained winds at Keaton Beach.

The Tallahassee weather station has not reported any observations since 1 am. At 12:25 am, wind gusts of 43 mph were reported from the airport.

Perry's weather station has not reported observations since 12:50 am. The last reading had winds gusting to 47 mph.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News

September 2, 2016 (2:27AM)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The storm continues to move inland after landfall. Hermine is moving north-northeast at 14 mph.

The lowest pressure recorded in Tallahassee is 987 millibars. The lowest that we could find in our area was 984 millibars at Shell Point. As of this update, winds are still gusting to 45 mph at Doak Campbell Stadium, per the WeatherSTEM station.

Keaton Beach recorded a 67-mph wind gust within the last hour or so, according to the National Weather Service.

The City of Tallahassee is reporting 70,000 customers without power.

By: WCTV Eyewitness News

Septembe 2, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Hurricane Hermine officially made landfall just east of St. Marks just after 1:30 a.m. Friday.

Tallahassee is seeing wind gusts around 60 MPH as of landfall.

Several trees have been reported down and tens of thousands are reportedly without power in the region.

Stay with WCTV as more updates become available.


By: Charles Roop

September 2, 2016 (1 AM ET)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Storm reports and power outage reports continue to pour in as the northwestern eye wall moves into Tallahassee.

The eye wall is practically over #Tallahassee. #flwx#TallyWxpic.twitter.com/MSISu8jGZr

— Charles Roop(@CharlesRoopWCTV) September 2, 2016 As of 1 am, the center of the storm is located at 30.0N 84.3W, or 30 miles south-southeast of Tallahassee. Maximum sustained winds remain at 80 mph with a minimum central pressure of 982 millibars. It's expected to make landfall soon.
By: Charles Roop September 2, 2016 (12:29 AM ET) TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Leon County's first responders are now in shelter-in-place mode, according to the NWS. "Critical life-threatening calls will be evaluated for possible response. All other calls will be held." We are also getting reports from the NWS of numerous trees down in parts of southern Leon County - including trees on houses.
By: Charles Roop September 2, 2016 (12:00 AM ET) TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Hurricane Hermine is located 40 miles south-southeast of Tallahassee, or about 11 miles southeast of Alligator Point. It's getting close to landfall. As of 12 am, it was located 29.8N 84.2W, and it continues to move north-northeast at 14 mph. By: Charles Roop September 1, 2016 (11:41 PM ET) TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -The City of Tallahassee is reporting that the 2400 block of Pontiac Drive and the 2500 block of Blarney Drive are closed due to trees on the road. The city also says on their Twitter page that "[D]ue to safety concerns, our Electric Crews are standing down. They will resume response efforts once it's safe." By: Charles Roop September 1, 2016 (11:15 PM ET) TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Hurricane Hermine is expected to make landfall after midnight. The storm continues to make its north-northeast trek. Maximum sustained winds are at 80 mph with a minimum central pressure of 984 millibars. The NHC says that slight strengthening is still possible before landfall, but that window will quickly close. A rain band is moving over Wakulla, southern Jefferson, and Taylor counties. This will continue to bring damaging winds and heavy rain.
By: Charles Roop September 1, 2016 (10:55 PM ET) TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - The Storm Prediction Center has issued a Tornado Watch for the eastern portion of our viewing area in Georgia and Florida until 8 am ET. This does not include Tallahassee, but places east. The warning includes the cities of Monticello, Perry, Madison, Valdosta, Mayo, and Jasper. The tornado watch issued earlier on Thursday will be allowed to expire at 11 pm. We got a report of a large tree down on Indianhead Drive from the National Weather Service. Multiple trees are also down in Madison.
By: Charles Roop September 1, 2016 (10:30 PM ET) TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - The City of Tallahassee utility crews continue to restore power across the city. Crews have restored electricity to customers near N Monroe St, Tharpe St and Meridian Rd according to the city's Twitter page. Tallahassee International Airport's weather station is reporting wind speeds again after a data outage for about a half hour. As of 10:20 pm, winds at the airport are out of the northeast at 22 mph, gusting to 29 mph. The NWS has reported a 78-mph gust from a personal weather station south of Crawfordville with sustained winds of 61 mph.
By: Charles Roop September 1, 2016 (10:15 PM ET) TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Not much change with the latest position update from the National Hurricane Center. Hermine continues to move north-northeast at 14 mph. Utility crews continue to restore power across Tallahassee. They city reports on their Twitter page that power was restored to near Live Oak Plantation and Thomasville Rd, and N Meridian Rd, Thomasville Rd and Waverly Rd. By: Charles Roop September 1, 2016 (9:43 PM ET) TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - The Apalachicola Airport reported wind gusts of 53 mph at 9:22 pm ET, according to the National Weather Service. The NWS also extended the Flood Warning for the Suwannee River at Fowler Bluff until 5 am Saturday. The NWS extended the Flood Warning for the Saint Marks near Newport on Old Magnolia Road. This warning is valid until Friday at 8 am. By: Charles Roop September 1, 2016 (9:14 PM ET) TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - The National Hurricane Center reported sustained winds of 61 mph with gusts to 76 mph from Tyndall Tower C-MAN station south of Apalachicola. As of 9 pm ET, Hermine was 40 miles southeast of Apalachicola and continues to move north-northeast at 14 mph. We are continuing to get reports of power outages. One outage has been associated with a downed tree.
By: Charles Roop September 1, 2016 (9:00 PM ET) TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - The National Weather Service in Tallahassee has issued a Tornado Warning for portions of Lafayette and Taylor counties until 9:15 PM. NWS detected rotation on radar. The storm is moving north at 35 mph. Buckville, Cooks Hammock, Smith, Day, and Townsend are included in the warnings. Seek shelter if you are in these areas. Chief Meteorologist Mike McCall will be heading to the wall soon for cut in to give you the latest. By: Charles Roop September 1, 2016 (8:54 PM ET) TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Power outage reports are starting to trickle in. During our last Facebook Live post at the bottom of the hour, viewers were reporting scattered outages throughout Tallahassee. The National Weather Service reported power lines down at Foxcroft Drive in Killearn Estates in northern Tallahassee. Elsewhere, emergency management is reporting three to four trees down in the Sopchoppy area. They also reported three feet of inundation along the coastline. We'll give you more updates as they come in. By: Charles Roop September 1, 2016 (8:05 PM ET) TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Maximum sustained winds have increased to 80 mph according to the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center. The minimum central pressure has fallen to 983 millibars. Hermine continues to move towards the north-northeast at 14 mph. It's expected to make landfall overnight. The eye made itself known before sunset as it eyes (no pun intended) the Big Bend coastline. Storm reports so far: Seven miles north-northwest of Horseshoe Beach, there was a wind gust of 55 mph reported. There was also a report earlier of a tree down on Shadeville Road east of Spring Creek Road in Wakulla County.
By: Charles Roop September 1, 2016 (6:25 PM ET) TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Hurricane Hunter recon data found a minimum central pressure of 986 millibars a short time ago - two millibars lower than what was stated in the 5 pm advisory from the National Hurricane Center. Hurricane Hunters are still flying in the storm. Convection continues to flare up around the center of circulation. Some slight strengthening is possible before landfall tonight. When this makes landfall, this would be the first hurricane to strike Florida since October 2005 when Hurricane Wilma hit South Florida. This would also be the fifth recorded hurricane to strike within 50 miles of Tallahassee. The last one to get this close was Hurricane Earl in 1998. The next advisory from the NHC will be at 8 pm ET. We'll continue to give you updates throughout the night.
By: Charles Roop September 1, 2016 (5:45 PM ET) TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - The rain bands continue to move toward the Big Bend coastline. These will continue to move inland towards places like Crawfordville and Tallahassee this evening. Wind speeds are beginning to increase in a few locations. As of this writing (5:35 PM ET), sustained winds of 23 mph were observed in Apalachicola. Conditions will continue to deteriorate through the evening into the night-time hours.
By: Charles Roop September 1, 2016 (5 PM ET) TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Hermine remains a hurricane as is moves towards the Big Bend coastline. Maximum sustained winds remain at 75 mph, according to the 5 PM ET advisory from the National Hurricane Center. The minimum central pressure remains at 988 millibars with the storm still moving north-northeast at 14 mph. Convection is starting to flare up on the northwestern side of the center of circulation, which tells me that Hermine is doing well. Banding with Hermine is looking impressive. The NHC thinks that it could reach max sustained winds of 80 mph before landfall tonight. Chief Meteorologist Mike McCall will have updates on air during the 5:00, 5:30, and 6:00 shows this evening. You can always watch us online if you are not near a TV.
By: Charles Roop September 1, 2016 (4:25PM ET) TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Based on radar imagery, Hurricane Hermine is currently roughly 75 miles south of St. George Island. The hurricane continues to move north-northeast at 14 mph based on the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center. We recently received a report from the National Weather Service of high surf and surge starting to come in at Carrabelle Beach, Fla. The spotter reported 3 to 5 foot surf on the beach, with sustained winds of 33 to 39 mph, with gusts to 50 mph from the south-southeast. The next advisory form the NHC will be at 5 pm ET. We'll update you as soon as the advisory comes in.
By: WCTV Eyewitness News September 1, 2016 UPDATE: According to the National Hurricane Center, Hermine is now a hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph.
By: CBS News / Associated Press September 1, 2016 MIAMI (AP) -- Florida's Gulf coast is bracing Thursday for a hit from Tropical Storm Hermine, which forecasters say could make landfall as a hurricane. As of 1 p.m. EDT Thursday, Hermine was centered about 190 miles west of Tampa, Florida, and was moving north-northeast near 14 mph. A hurricane warning is in effect for Florida's Big Bend from the Suwannee River to Mexico Beach. On the East Coast, a tropical storm warning has been issued for an area that extends from Marineland, Florida, northward to the South Santee River in South Carolina. Hermine's maximum sustained winds Thursday are near 60 mph (95 kph). Some strengthening is forecast and the U.S. National Hurricane Center says Hermine is expected to be a hurricane when it makes landfall in Florida on Thursday night or early Friday.
By: Associated Press September 1, 2016 7 a.m. TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida's Gulf coast is bracing Thursday for a hit from Tropical Storm Hermine, which forecasters say could make landfall as a hurricane. A hurricane warning is in effect for Florida's Big Bend from the Suwannee River to Mexico Beach. On the East Coast, a tropical storm warning has been issued for an area that extends from Marineland, Florida, northward to the South Santee River in South Carolina. Hermine's maximum sustained winds Thursday morning are near 60 mph (95 kph). Some strengthening is forecast and the U.S. National Hurricane Center says Hermine is expected to be a hurricane when it makes landfall in Florida on Thursday night or early Friday.
By: WCTV Eyewitness News August 31, 2016 11 p.m. TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The 11 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center shows Tropical Storm Hermine has strengthened with maximum sustained winds at 60 mph. The NHC says additional strengthening is forecast during the next 24 to 36 hours, and Hermine is expected to be a hurricane before landfall. Hurricane warnings are in effect from the Suwannee River to Mexico Beach. A hurricane watch is in effect from the Anclote River to the Suwannee River and West of Mexico Beach to Destin.
By: WCTV Eyewitness News August 31, 2016 8:20 p.m. TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The 8 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center shows Tropical Storm Hermine with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour. As of 8 p.m., the storm was 330 miles SSW of Apalachicola, moving NNE at 8 miles per hour.
By: Charles Roop August 31, 2016 6:30 p.m. TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The maximum sustained winds have increased to 45 mph with Tropical Storm Hermine as of the 5 pm advisory. Hurricane Hunters found wind speeds around 40 knots (45 mph) with the strongest winds on the east side of the storm. The wind field and convection is asymmetrical, with lighter winds being on the western side and thunderstorms remain nearly nonexistent on the western half. Hermine is still going through mild shear, but that's expected to increase as it moves northeastward over the next day or so. The cone of error has shifted more west as the majority of guidance models have moved in that direction. This would place more locations in our viewing area under the greater impacts of the storm since Hermine remains asymmetrical. Tropical Storm Warnings have been extended into most of our viewing area, and the Hurricane Watch has been pushed into the Florida Big Bend counties. Those under the tropical storm warning could experience tropical storm-force winds within 36 hours. Storm preparations should be completed tonight before the rain bands start impacting our area on Thursday. Be sure you have plenty of batteries, non-perishable food, and battery backups for smartphones. MORE: Hurricane Preparedness 2016: How to prep you and your home for hurricanes. Storm surge is a concern for those along the Big Bend coast. Three to five feet of surge is possible. As of this writing, evacuations have been ordered for three Big Bend counties, and details on all evacuations can be found here. Rainfall will be another concern - especially as the cone of error has shifted west. Some places could see greater than 7 inches of rain. Flooding of streams and low-lying areas are possible. Roads and areas that flood frequently (I'm looking at you, Weems Road) could become problematic. Tropical systems can also help spike the tornado risk (as yours truly did graduate studies on). The Storm Prediction Center has added most of the viewing area under a slight risk of severe weather, with tornadoes being the biggest threat. The greatest threat will likely be on the northeastern side of the storm before landfall, and northeast and east-southeastern portion from the center after landfall. The threat will likely be greatest in the afternoon before landfall. Stay tuned to WCTV on air, online, and on our social channels for the latest.
By: Charles Roop August 31, 2016 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The storm finally became Tropical Storm Hermine, but it could pack a punch with rain, and inland and coastal flooding starting Thursday. The 2 pm advisory from the National Hurricane Center reclassified it as Hermine with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph with a minimum central pressure of 1000 millibars. Hermine is slowly moving northward at 2 mph, a change from its stationary position earlier Wednesday. It's near 400 miles to the south-southwest of Apalachicola. Hurricane Hunter reconnaissance found tropical storm force winds in Hermine. The National Hurricane Center forecasts further intensification and it could even become a weak hurricane before landfall Thursday night. The weakening shear and the warm water temperatures will help maintain the storm. Heavy rain, storm surge, and tornadoes are the primary threats from Hermine Thursday. Rainfall amounts of 6 to 8 inches closer to Tallahassee and Valdosta, with higher amounts of 9 to 12 inches near and south of Perry are possible. The Storm Prediction Center has placed most of our viewing area under a slight risk of severe weather Thursday, with the threat of tornadoes in play. Three to five feet of storm surge is possible along the Big Bend coast on Thursday. We'll have updates on air, online, and on our social media channels throughout the next couple of days.
By: WCTV Eyewitness News August 31, 2016 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Tropical Depression Nine has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Hermine, according to the National Hurricane Center. Hermine has maximum sustained winds of 40 MPH.
By: Associated Press August 31, 2016 6 a.m. TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A tropical storm warning has been issued Wednesday morning for a section of Florida's Gulf coast as a tropical depression approaches. The tropical storm warning covers an area from Anclote River to the Walton County-Bay County line. That area is also under a hurricane watch. The depression's maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph. But the U.S. National Hurricane Center says strengthening is forecast and the depression is expected to become a tropical storm later in the day. The Hurricane Center says it also could become a hurricane by the time it makes landfall. The depression is centered about 425 miles southwest of Tampa, Florida, and is moving north near 2 mph. It's expected to later curve northeastward.

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