Hola Hermine! She has meandered through the straights of Florida, the Islands, and a numeric name until being given a proper name of Tropical Storm Hermine on Wednesday afternoon in the Gulf! She took a slight westerly shift late in the afternoon which in the path won’t directly affect the First Coast but we will still see many elements of this storm, and on the trek she’s taking she could change paths at any given time.. We look to dodge another bullet here, slightly, and it is uncertain how much background swell we’ll get at all from this storm, but we’ll keep our eyes on the radar and be back online once things progress tomorrow and get a better picture of the movement on the storm. Until then, be prepared, as this storm may reach Hurricane strength before hitting landfall tomorrow, where she goes then remains to be told!

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Tropical Storm Hermine is strengthening in the Gulf of Mexico and is forecast to make landfall Thursday night along the Florida panhandle as a Category 1 hurricane. Hermine will bring heavy rain, storm surge flooding, high winds and even some tornadoes to not only Florida, but also the coastal Southeast. Hermine could also go on to impact parts of the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions. A hurricane warning was issued Wednesday night along the Florida panhandle, from the Suwannee River to Mexico Beach, as the latest National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecast calls for Hermine to strengthen to a Category 1 hurricane prior to landfall. This warning area includes Tallahassee. Wednesday morning, tropical storm warnings were hoisted along a swath of the Florida Gulf Coast from roughly Panama City Beach to the New Port Richey area north of St. Petersburg.  The tropical storm warning was extended westward along the Florida panhandle to Destin and inland into southwestern Georgia and extreme southeastern Alabama. Winds of 40 mph are likely to begin on Thursday afternoon, and could hamper readiness efforts. A hurricane watch remains in effect from roughly New Port Richey to the Destin area. Winds of 74 mph are possible on Thursday afternoon into Friday morning. On the Atlantic coast, a tropical storm watch has been issued for northeast Florida, southeast and south-central Georgia, and parts of coastal South Carolina.

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At present it looks as if she’ll cruise through the panhandle, and will graze us on the south end of the storm, the windy side, flood warnings are not as immanent, but things can change as always. So on to the surf, we can expect some waist to stomach high surf through the morning with a big spike towards Friday! It will be a one hit wonder storm with some funky unpredictable winds as of now but will we have waves through Saturday. Unless you’re already charging over to the Gulf, it wouldn’t be recommended tomorrow, and if you want to head north you might score but you better make the move now if you have time to storm chase! Hunker down, keep your eyes on the radars, and we’ll be back online tomorrow with an update!


Thursday

SURF: 1-3ft
SWELL: E
WIND: SSW winds 5-10 all day

Friday

SURF: *3-4-ft+*
SWELL: SE
WIND: SE winds 10-20+ all day

Saturday

SURF: *2-3ft*
SWELL: ESE
WIND: SW winds 5-10+ all day

Sunday

SURF: 1-2ft
SWELL: SE
WIND: WSW winds 5-10 all day

Monday

SURF: 1-2ft
SWELL: ESE
WIND: W winds 5-10 all day

Tuesday

SURF: 1-2ft
SWELL: ESE
WIND: NE winds 5-10 all day

Wednesday

SURF: 1-2ft
SWELL: ESE
WIND: NE winds 5-10 all day