Friday’s First Warning Forecast: Hermine is moving up the East Coast

Posted at 5:40 AM, Sep 02, 2016

Meteorologist Myles Henderson’s First Warning Forecast

Tropical Storm Hermine is moving in… Hermine made landfall near Saint Marks, Florida early this morning with winds near 80 mph. It will continue to move up the East Coast today and Saturday, then linger off of the Mid-Atlantic coast Sunday and Monday. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for all of Hampton Roads and Northeastern North Carolina.

Pictures: Hermine in Florida

Friday: Mostly cloudy skies with rain building in from south to north. Expect scattered showers and storms this afternoon in NE NC, spreading into Hampton Roads this evening and tonight. Winds will begin to increase today. Expect NE winds 10-15 with gusts to near 25 mph this afternoon and evening.

Saturday: Widespread rain that will be heavy at times as the center of Hermine tracks up the NC coastline and out into the Atlantic. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for much of Hampton Roads and NE NC. Rainfall totals of 2” to 5” for SE VA and 4” to 7” for NE NC. Locally higher numbers are possible. Most of the rain will fall Saturday morning to midday, with rain becoming more scattered during the afternoon. Expect overall winds 30 to 40 mph with gusts to 50+ possible. Moderate to near major tidal flooding expected near high tide Saturday at 11 AM. Minor tidal flooding is expected near the 11 PM high tide. We will also watch out for isolated tornadoes, which are always possible with a tropical system that makes landfall.

Sunday: Hermine will linger off of the VA coast. Expect mostly cloudy skies with scattered showers. It will still be windy with N/NW winds at 20 to 30 mph and gusts to near 40. Minor tidal flooding is expected Sunday near our midday high tide.

Monday: Hermine will continue to linger off of the VA/MD coast. Expect partly to mostly cloudy skies with scattered showers possible. It will still be windy with NW winds at 10 to 20 mph and gusts to near 30. Minor tidal flooding is expected near our midnight and midday high tides.

Today: Mostly Cloudy, Scattered Showers/Storms (60%). Highs in the upper 70s. Winds: NE 10-15G25

Tonight: Cloudy, Widespread Rain (80%). Lows in the low 70s. Winds: NE/E 15-25G35

Tomorrow: Cloudy, Widespread Rain (100%). Highs in the mid 70s. Winds: NE/N 25-35G45+

Weather & Health 

Pollen: Moderate (Ragweed, Grasses)

UV Index: 5 (Moderate)

Air Quality: Good (Code Green)

Mosquitoes: Extreme

Tropical Update

Tropical Storm Hermine is moving into SE Georgia. Tropical Storm warning has been expanded to include locations surrounding the Chesapeake Bay. Hermine is centered about 55 miles WSW of Savannah, Georgia or 130 miles WSW of Charleston, CS. Hermine is moving NE at 18 mph. This motion is expected to continue today and Saturday. This motion is expected to continue for the next 48 hours with a gradual reduction in forward speed expected on Saturday. On the forecast track the center of Hermine will move across coastal South Carolina later today, move over coastal North Carolina tonight, and move offshore of the North Carolina coast on Saturday. Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph with higher gusts. Little change in strength is expected through Saturday morning. Strengthening is forecast once the center of Hermine moves offshore Saturday afternoon. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles, mainly to the east of the center.

Gaston approaches the western Azores. Gaston is 265 miles west of the central Azores and moving east at 15 mph. An ENE motion is expected by tonight. On the forecast track, the center of Gaston will move near the western Azores today, and pass north of the central Azores tonight. Maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph with higher gusts. Additional weakening is forecast during the next 36 hours, and Gaston is expected to become a remnant low on Saturday.

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