First Warning Forecast: Tropical Storm Hermine could be big rainmaker for holiday weekend

Posted at 11:43 PM, Aug 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-31 23:45:38-04

The First Warning Storm Team is tracking a cold front that will bring rain our way Thursday. More rain for the holiday weekend, thanks to Tropical Storm Hermine.

Overnight, expect mostly dry conditions with lows in the lower 70s. Some patchy fog is possible.

Thursday will feature sun and clouds to start the day. As the day progresses, a cold front will move in from the northwest. We’ll see some scattered showers and storms by the afternoon and evening. Some storms could produce heavy rainfall. Temperatures will be a bit cooler behind the frontal system. Highs in the upper 70s and lower 80s by the weekend.

The weather conditions this holiday weekend are going to be dependent on the track of Tropical Storm Hermine. On this forecast track, the center of Hermine will approach the NW Florida coast on Thursday afternoon. As of now, looks like Tropical Storm Hermine will strengthen to a category one hurricane before making landfall on the Florida panhandle. It will then head in our direction and be a big rain-maker for us. We will be keeping a close eye on this system.

Tonight: Partly Cloudy. Isolated showers/storms (10%). Lows in the mid 70s. Winds: Variable 5-10 mph.

Tomorrow: Sun and clouds. Scattered showers/storms (30%). Highs in the mid to upper 80s. Winds: N 5-10 mph.

Tomorrow night: Mostly cloudy. A chance for showers/storms. Lows in the upper 60s to lower 70s.

Weather & Health 

Pollen: Moderate-High (Ragweed, Grasses)

UV Index: 8 (Very High)

Air Quality: Moderate (Code Yellow)

Mosquitoes: Extreme

11: 00 PM Tropical Update

Hurricane Gaston is still a category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Gaston is  moving northeastward at 20 mph. Max sustained winds of 105 mph with higher gusts. Gaston remains well west of the Azores.

Tropical Depression Eight is moving toward the east-northeast at 18 mph. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 30 mph with higher gusts. This general motion is forecast during the next day or so. Tropical Depression Eight is expected to become extratropical within the next day.

Tropical Storm Hermine continues to strengthen over the eastern Gulf of Mexico. Hermine is moving toward the north-northeast near 10 mph. Hermine is expected to keep this motion and continue to increase in forward motion. Maximum sustained winds of 60 mph with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 24 to 36 hours. Hermine is expected to be a hurricane by the time landfall occurs.

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April Loveland
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