Hermine is slowly strengthening in the Gulf of Mexico. The latest from the in HC indicates that the pressure is down to 996 mbar. Winds are still near 60 mph. The forecast indicates that the storm will strengthen to hurricane intensity later today.
The forecast track takes the center of the would be hurricane into Apalachee bay. Most of the worst weather is likely to be experienced to the east of the center. This includes fairly substantial storm surge all along the Big Bend area. Please consult National Weather Service local statements for specific information on storm surge forecast for your area. Some locations, such as St. Mark’s, could see storm surge flooding above ground level two as much as 7 feet. This poses an obvious life-threatening situation.
Hurricane force winds are also possible that I am not as concerned about that as I am with the storm surge.
The other major issue will be extremely heavy rain for portions of Florida spreading up into much of the Southeast near the coastal plain. It would not surprise me to see rainfall totals exceeding a foot across a wide swath of the region.
The current forecast takes the storm along the coast of the southeast United States and out into the Atlantic off the mid Atlantic coast. We are going to be dealing with this system for the next several days and it will affect a lot of people during a busy holiday weekend.
I am currently working to set up the first unmanned camera and St. Mark’s, Florida. Once it is operational I will post the link on a special edition of this homepage.
I will work to place the other camera systems in areas throughout the Big Bend area throughout the day.
After sunrise I will begin posting video blogs to our app, Hurricane Impact. Be sure to check the video section frequently throughout the day. I will also be able to post pictures and short observations to Twitter which is also part of our app.
M. Sudduth 5:30 am ET September 1