First Warning Forecast: Hurricane Hermine to impact your holiday weekend

Posted at 11:47 PM, Sep 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-01 23:47:51-04

The First Warning Storm Team is keeping a close eye on Hurricane Hermine. This storm will impact our holiday weekend forecast.

A few lingering showers possible overnight, otherwise mostly cloudy with lows in the lower 70s.

All eyes are on Hurricane Hermine. Hermine will make landfall over Florida within the next few hours, then move up the East Coast Friday through Saturday. Friday, you can expect a mix of sun and clouds to start the day with a chance for a few isolated showers. The rain and wind will pick up Friday evening and throughout the night as Hermine moves closer. North Carolina will see the rain first as it moves south to north. The rain will then spread into Hampton Roads. Rain will be widespread and heavy, especially on Saturday and some areas could see 6+ inches of rain. We could also see winds with gusts 50+ mph, especially along the coast. Since we’ll have strong northeast winds, we’ll have to worry about tidal flooding. High tide at Sewell’s Point on Saturday at 11:09 am. and 11:25 p.m. On Sunday, high tide is at 11:47 a.m. Hermine will also cause rough surf and a high risk of rip currents.

What to expect from Hermine Friday night into Saturday:

  • Heavy rain
  • Gusty winds: 50+ mph
  • Isolated tornadoes, which are always possible with a storm that makes landfall.
  • Tidal flooding

Some lingering rain and wind possible Sunday. The forecast for Labor Day is still uncertain. Hermine could continue to impact us with rain and wind. We will continue to keep an eye on Hermine’s movement.

Overnight: Mostly cloudy with a lingering shower or storm (25%). Lows in the lower 70s. Winds: N 5-10 mph.

Friday: Sun and clouds to start the day. Then increasing clouds with rain and storms moving in (80%).  Winds NE 10-20 mph.

Friday night: Heavy rain and gusty winds. Lows in the upper 60s to lower 70s. Winds: E 15-20 mph, then increasing to near 30 mph with higher gusts.

Weather & Health 

Pollen: Moderate-High (Ragweed, Grasses)

UV Index: 5 (Moderate)

Air Quality: Moderate (Code Yellow)

Mosquitoes: Extreme

11:00 PM Tropical Update

Hurricane Hermine is moving to the north-northeast toward the Florida Gulf Coast at 14 mph. Eye of Hermine should make landfall in the next few hours . Life-threatening surge and flooding rains expected. Maximum sustained winds are 80 mph. Hermine will continue to move up the east coast as a tropical storm bringing heavy rain and gusty winds to northeast North Carolina and southeast Virginia. Good chance for tidal flooding, especially Saturday morning.  A chance for isolated tornadoes, which are always possible with a storm that makes landfall.

Hurricane Gaston continues to weaken. Tropical storm conditions expected in the western and central Azores Friday and Friday night. Gaston is moving ENE at 23 mph. Maximum sustained winds of 75 mph.

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April Loveland
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