Hermine moving out of central Ga.

Pat's Midday Tropical Update

Hermine made landfall Friday morning as a hurricane and was downgraded just before 5 a.m. to a strong tropical storm.

It continued to move north east and passed just to the south of central Georgia. Lower rainfall totals resulted in Macon with the highest impacts in the southeast across Telfair, Wheeler, Dodge, Wilcox, and Laurens counties.

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After slamming Florida, deadly Hurricane Hermine weakened to a tropical storm Friday but will still focus its fury on the East Coast through the Labor Day weekend.

As of midday Friday, more than 30 million people from Florida to New York were under tropical storm watches and warnings through the weekend. The National Weather Service said heavy rain, flash floods, strong winds and rip currents were expected as Hermine or its remnants move up the coast.

Even though meteorologists might officially classify the system as "post-tropical" over the weekend, Hermine is expected to remain "a dangerous cyclone through 5 days," according to the hurricane center.

One forecast from the hurricane center shows that every state on the East Coast, all the way from Florida to Maine, could see tropical-storm-force winds over the next few days.

Hermine is expected to produce storm total rainfall accumulations of 5 to 10 inches – with possible isolated maximum amounts of 15 inches – over the southeastern U.S. and portions of the mid-Atlantic. This amount of rain will likely lead to flooding in some areas.




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