Hermine Weakening Impacting Millions This Holiday Weekend

Local Weather: Look for more sunshine than clouds with seasonal chances this holiday weekend for South Florida. We will wake up to bright sunshine and by the afternoon at best see isolated storms developing well inland. A light persistent breeze off of the ocean will maintain a risk of rip currents for swimmers at the beaches.

Hermine made landfall near St. Marks at 1:30 am. It continues to weaken now moving through southeast Georgia. The official forecast track from The National Hurricane Center calls for Hermine to maintain tropical storm strength moving through the mid-Atlantic states through the weekend. It will then push off the coast of North Carolina Saturday afternoon and start to lose tropical characteristics. However, The National Hurricane Center in collaboration with The National Weather Service Eastern Region will continue to issue advisories for Hermine. The models are suggesting that it will be meandering off the northeast coast of the United States through the middle part of next week with winds anywhere between 45-60 mph which has prompted a tropical storm watch to be issued for Virginia through New Jersey.

Tropical storm force winds are currently spreading along the southeast coast into South Carolina with millions of people along the eastern seaboard to be impacted by Hermine through the holiday weekend.

Gaston is now a tropical storm nearing the Azores. A tropical storm warning is in effect for the western and central Azores.

A tropical wave located about 1000 miles east of the Lesser Antilles is producing disorganized showers and storms. The National Hurricane is giving this area a low chance to form in the next 2 to 5 days once it reaches the islands early next week.

Have a wonderful weekend South Florida and make it a safe one!

Vivian Gonzalez

Meteorologist, AMS Certified

WSVN Channel 7