The morning run of the ECMWF model indicates that tropical storm Hermine Will gradually strengthen up until landfall near the Central panhandle of Florida. Take a look at this image valid Friday morning showing strong energy or vorticity in the lower levels of the atmosphere. This indicates a fairly well developed tropical cyclone and it is possible that Hermine will be a hurricane at landfall.
Right now, the biggest impact still appears to be storm surge flooding and this will encompass a fairly large area of the Florida Panhandle from Apalachicola beyond the Big Bend area. Obviously the stronger the storm becomes the higher the storm surge is likely to be. Residents in the area of the hurricane watch need to be preparing for hurricane conditions there’s no doubt about it; plan for a hurricane and don’t wait to see what happens.
I am currently in Savannah on my way to Lake City, Florida. I will post a full video discussion this evening.
M. Sudduth 3:50pm ET Aug 31