Tropical Storm Hermine is bearing down on the Florida Gulf Coast

Tropical Storm Hermine

Tropical Storm Hermine

Storm warnings have been expanded, evacuations ordered and Forecasters are now saying that Hermine is strengthening and is likely to become a hurricane before landfall.  The storm is expected to come onshore in Florida’s Big Bend area late Thursday night and into Friday morning.

The National Hurricane Center reported that Tropical Storm Hermine was located about 190 miles west of Tampa at 1 p.m. Thursday. The storm is kicking up maximum sustained winds of 70 mph and is moving on a north-northeast track at 14 mph.

Atlantic Hurricane Season

September is the most active month during the Atlantic hurricane season and we are starting out with a number of named storms, with a possible hurricane going to be coming onto the Gulf Coast of Florida as a level 1.  On average, 10.1 named storms occur each season, with an average of 5.9 becoming hurricanes and 2.5 becoming major hurricanes (Category 3 or greater).

Siesta Key Beach flooded

Siesta Key Beach flooded due to Tropical Storm Hermine

Tropical Storm Hermine developed during the start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season’s traditional peak. The season peaks each year between mid-August and mid-October. The period is described as the “season within the season” by forecasters. This eight-week period “is often the most active and dangerous time for tropical cyclone activity,” NOAA explained on its website.

Siesta Key already had some local streets flooding from last night’s rain, but had a reprieve to allow for most of the water to recede until the next wave of storms and heavy rain begin, which forecasters are saying will be in the evening hours. Locals and tourists are encouraged to stock up on water and non perishable food. Be aware of standing waters on roadways that could be much deeper than anticipated. Drive only if necessary and stay indoors.

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If you are staying on Siesta Key with us at the hotel, come and grab some movies, candy and popcorn from the office! We hope we can make your vacation the best it can be in this stormy weather.

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