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Update - Thursday, Sept. 1 (11:07 a.m.) According to USA Today, As of 8 a.m., ET, Hermine was located 195 miles south-southwest of Appalachicola, Fla., with winds of 65 mph. It was moving to the north-northeast at 12 mph. A tropical storm becomes a hurricane when winds reach 74 mph. A hurricane warning is in effect for the Big Bend area of Florida's Gulf Coast.
Tornadoes could spin out of the system as it makes landfall, the weather service warned. Florida cities that will be at risk for tornadoes include Tampa, Orlando, Ocala, Melbourne, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Daytona Beach and Tallahassee, according to AccuWeather. The greatest threat for tornadoes is Thursday afternoon, the Storm Prediction Center forecast.
Areas on the western side of the storm could see between 10 and 15 inches of rain while east of it rainfall totals could reach 20 inches, potentially leading to flash flooding.
*Wednesday, August 31*
Tropical Depression Nine is continuing to strengthen to a tropical storm, then could near hurricane strength in the Gulf of Mexico before its Florida landfall on Thursday, bringing heavy rain, high winds, storm surge flooding, even some tornadoes.
Wednesday morning, tropical storm warnings were hoisted along a swath of the Florida Gulf Coast from roughly Panama City Beach to the New Port Richey area north of St. Petersburg.
A hurricane watch continues in effect from roughly Apalachicola to the New Port Richey area, given a chance of the system to strengthen to a hurricane prior to landfall.
On the Atlantic coast, a tropical storm watch has been issued for northeast Florida and southeast Georgia.
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