9/2/16 11AM EDT - We will have a new discussion on Hermine and the possible impacts to the east U.S. coast this afternoon. Thanks for using Hurricane Tracker.
Hurricane Hermine will be making landfall overnight just east of Apalachicola, Florida as an intensifying hurricane. Right now, Winds are at 75 mph, but we expect those to increase as high as 85 mph before landfall around 2-3 am local time. With this system making landfall, it will mark the end to Florida's 10.9 year hurricane drought. There are numerous watches and warnings in effect from Florida all the way to New Jersey as this storm is forecast to impact much of the eastern United States coastline through early next week (see graphics for watches/warnings below). Unfortunately, this will be occurring over a holiday weekend. If you are in the path of the storm, please review the expected impacts below from the National Hurricane Center.
Once the system makes landfall tonight, it will move through southeastern Georgia and through the Carolinas by Saturday. Once the system exits North Carolina, the storm is likely to get trapped by a blocking ridge of high pressure which would prevent a fast escape out to sea. It's not known yet whether the system will make a second landfall along the mid Atlantic or northeastern United States coast, but at minimum, coastal sections can expect coastal flooding and gusty winds. Waters off the mid Atlantic coast are running well above average and may help allow Hermine to restrengthen into a hurricane early next week. All interests from the Outer Banks of North Carolina through Massachusetts should definitely keep an eye on the system and check in often for the latest updates and forecast.
Beyond this system, we have a wave in the open Atlantic but it only has a 20% chance of development through the next five days. We may see a 1 to 2 week quiet period before activity picks up again. We will notify you of the next possible system.
As always, we will keep you updated as possible here the hurricane tracker app. Thank you so much for using our service. If you want to follow the storm in greater depth, we encourage you to follow our Twitter account where we will post frequent updates until the storm has dissipated. www.twitter.com/hurrtrackerapp