This afternoon, at 3pm, Tropical Storm Hermine officially became a Category 1 hurricane.
It’s now expected to make landfall sometime around midnight tonight just south of Tallahassee, FL:
The storm is currently moving north at about 14 mph, but as it hits landfall, it’s northbound speed will continue to increase over the next day or so.
The National Weather Service has just issued a Flash Flood Watch from this evening until early on Saturday for the greater Charlotte region.
Gov. Pat McCrory has also just declared a state of emergency for 33 North Carolina counties.
“We are working together across multiple agencies throughout North Carolina to make sure we are over prepared and underwhelmed for this storm because we want people to safely enjoy their Labor Day vacation in North Carolina,” said Governor McCrory. “Safety always remains our top priority.”
The US National Hurricane Center is recommending that Carolina residents have their disaster emergency kits stocked and readily accessible in case of extended flash flooding or downed power lines.
The effects of Huricane Hermine should be mostly dissipated by Saturday evening.