The Florida Gulf Coast is preparing for the arrival of hurricane Hermine. Hermine has just been updated from a tropical storm to a Category 1 hurricane. Hermine is expected to make landfall sometime late Thursday night to early Friday morning.
The US Coast Guard has set Port Status Zulu for the Port of Panama City and all waterways east of mile 222 on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. This means that all ports and waterways are closed and all movements require Captain of the Port approval.
Florida's governor, Rick Scott told reporters in Tallahassee, "This is life-threatening. The storm surge, by itself, is life-threatening". Some areas could see surge as high as 9 feet.
Georgia and North Carolina have also issued declared a state of emergency for 56 and 33 counties respectively. Georgia is expected to get up to 10 inches of rain over the weekend.
Using PortVision 360's real-time weather tracking, we can see that the wind speed in the eye of the storm has reached 75mph, which upgaded Hermine's status from a tropical storm to a hurricane. Gusts have reached up to 85 mph.
Also, we can see in the image below that the wave height is nearing 23 feet. Florida's coast is expecting to see surge of up to 8-9 feet once Hermine hits land.
If you are someone who is located in the storm's path, it is recommended to have up to 3 days of supplies and listen to any mandatory evacuations along the coast.
We hope that everyone stays safe throughout the duration of Hermine.