Florida Faces Its First Hurricane in More Than a Decade
The storm is moving Northeast with maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour.
This story originally appeared on Time.com.
A hurricane warning for a part of Northern Florida remained in effect as federal officials warned that Tropical Storm Hermine would likely become a hurricane before making landfall on the state’s coast as early as late Thursday.
The storm—currently moving Northeast with maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour—would be the first hurricane to make landfall in Florida since 2005, according to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)report. A tropical storm warning covers other parts of Florida and South Carolina.
Officials warned that storm surge may be particularly threatening for coastal residents as a result of Hermine. Storm surge, a key factor in devastating storms like Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, occurs when storm wind pushes sea water ashore that has already been elevated.
Weather forecasters predicted earlier this year that 2016 would see an uptick in the number of hurricanes after several years of relative calm.