Another close call for the First Coast! We have dodged many a bullet over the years, and although Hurricane Hermine was rarely named as she touched down over the panhandle and forgotten coast, she picked up a head of steam lat into Friday and mowed through the night causing some flooding and damage to many location, and luckily for us very little damage and outages for the 904! Over 250,000 fellow Floridians are without power, so if you don’t have any plans for the weekend, volunteer efforts are underway over on the Gulf Coast. We knew we would get a one hit wonder backdoor swell from the storm today, and the winds have been all over the place on the models, but we’ll know a lot more over the next 24 hours as Hermine makes her way up the coast! It looks as of now after a dose of tropical punch, we’ll have a microwave for the next couple of days as the offshore winds will beat up the surf until we see a little spike from the north on Monday, but at least we have lots of college football and outdoor activities to keep us busy until then!

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As of mid-day today the center of Tropical Storm Hermine was inland about 55 miles west-southwest of Savannah Georgia.  Hermine is moving toward the northeast near 18 mph and this motion is expected to continue for the next 48 hours with a gradual reduction in forward speed expected on Saturday.  On the forecast track the center of Hermine will move across coastal South Carolina later today, move over coastal North Carolina tonight, and move offshore of the North Carolina coast on Saturday. Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph with higher gusts. Little change in strength is expected through Saturday morning. Strengthening is forecast once the center of Hermine moves offshore Saturday afternoon. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles mainly to the east of the center.

 Tropical storm conditions are expected to continue near the center of Hermine this afternoon and will spread northward within the warning area along the Atlantic coast today through Saturday. Tropical storm conditions are possible in the watch area on Sunday. Hermine is expected to produce storm total rainfall accumulations of 5 to 10 inches with possible isolated maximum amounts of 15 inches over the southeastern United States and portions of the mid-Atlantic from southern and eastern Georgia into South Carolina, eastern North Carolina, southeast Virginia, and the lower Eastern Shore of Virginia and Maryland.  These rains may cause life-threatening floods and flash floods.  Inflow bands south of Hermine are expected to bring an additional 1 to 3 inches of rainfall across portions of central and northern Florida through today.  Heavy rainfall could reach the coastal areas of Delaware and New Jersey beginning Saturday night.

 

 


Friday

SURF: *3-5ft*
SWELL: SSE
WIND: WSW winds 20-25+ all day turning WNW less than 5 in PM

Saturday

SURF: 1-2ft
SWELL: E
WIND: NW winds less than 5 in AM turning E 5-10 in PM

Sunday

SURF: 1-2ft
SWELL: ESE
WIND: Light NW winds early AM increasing to 10-15 in PM

Monday

SURF: *1-2ft+*
SWELL: ESE
WIND: light NE winds in AM less than 5 turning E to ESE 5-10 in PM

Tuesday

SURF: 1-2ft
SWELL: ESE
WIND: NE winds less than 5 in AM increasing to 5-10 in PM

Wednesday

SURF: *1-2ft+*
SWELL: ESE
WIND: WNW winds less than 5 in AM turning E to ENE 5-10 in PM

Thursday

SURF: *1-2ft+*
SWELL: ESE
WIND: WNW winds less than 5 in AM turning E to ENE 5-10 in PM