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.

Related Post: What Happens if there is a hurricane while I’m on vacation?

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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Siesta Key Beach floods during Tropical Storm Colin

Siesta Key Beach floods during Tropical Storm Colin

Siesta Key is bracing for major amounts and rainfall and isolated areas of flooding while Tropical Storm Colin will bring heavy rain with winds 25-40 mph to Sarasota and Manatee Counties on Monday through Tuesday morning. Florida Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency ahead of Tropical Storm Colin’s arrival in the Big Bend area. Forecasters expect 3-6 inches of rain with 8 inches in isolated areas. There is also a possibility of isolated tornadoes as the lines of storms move in.  As of 5 p.m. Monday, forecasters at the National Hurricane Center placed the storm about 190 miles west of Tampa. The storm is anticipated to arrive in the Big Bend area in the afternoon or evening hours Monday. While the  area is expected to escape a direct hit from the storm, forecasters are bracing for heavy rains, increased tornado risk and the potential of high tides 1 to 3 feet above normal in the region. The entire Tampa Bay area has also been placed under a flood watch until early Tuesday morning.

Tropical Storm Andrea on June 6 before landfall in Florida

Tropical Storm Andrea on June 6 before landfall in Florida

Here’s a little tidbit of very interesting information…three years ago today, Tropical Storm Andrea brought flooding to Cuba, the Yucatan Peninsula, and portions of the East Coast of the United States in June 2013. The first tropical cyclone and named storm of the annual hurricane season, Andrea originated from an area of low pressure in the eastern Gulf of Mexico on June 5. Despite strong wind shear and an abundance of dry air, the storm strengthened while initially heading north-northeastward.

Later on June 5, it re-curved northeastward and approached the Big Bend region of Florida. Andrea intensified and peaked as a strong tropical storm with winds at 65 mph (100 km/h) on June 6. A few hours later, the storm weakened slightly and made landfall near Steinhatchee, Florida later that day. It began losing tropical characteristics while tracking across Florida and Georgia. Andrea transitioned into an extratropical cyclone over South Carolina on June 7, though the remnants continued to move along the East Coast of the United States, until being absorbed by another extratropical system offshore Maine on June 10. For more info on Tropical Storm Andrea, See Wikipedia 

We’ve battened down the hatches at the hotel and a storm is always a little exciting. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates! Tropical Storm Colin is also bringing lots of new sea shells out for your viewing pleasure!

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