Hurricane hunters flew into the Matthew Thursday afternoon and found sustained winds up to 75 miles per hour, making Matthew the fourth hurricane of the 2016 season.

As of 2 pm Thursday, Matthew was located 190 miles northeast of Curacao, and moving west at 17 mph. 

The 10th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season was an odd one: When the National Weather Service announced the formation of Tropical Storm Julia in northeastern Florida on Tuesday night, it marked one of the few known instances of such a storm developing over land rather than open water.

It’s the height of Hurricane Season and a tropical wave is moving through The Bahamas.

It will cause widespread rain and cloudiness in Florida this week, said Florida Public Radio Emergency Network Meteorologist Jeff Huffman.

Rain and cloudiness is expected across the peninsula Tuesday, generally rotating around a weak area of low pressure from east to west. Some of the rain could be locally heavy, especially in the afternoon hours when there may be some enhancement from sea breeze interactions.

Governor Rick Scott says the City of Tallahassee needs more help in restoring power to the more than 20,000 customers still in the dark. It’s been four days since Hurricane caused most of Leon County and the Big Bend to go dark. Local officials have been criticized for not accepting all the offers of assistance that they could have. Scott told reporters Monday evening more help is on the way.

More than 90 percent of the electricity should be back on across Leon County on Monday and 98 percent by Wednesday, local officials told Gov. Rick Scott as cleanup from Hurricane Hermine continued Sunday.

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Early Friday Hurricane Hermine became the first such storm to make landfall in Florida in more than a decade. With damage across North Florida, Big Bend residents will be putting in lots of recover work during the Labor Day weekend.


Tropical Storm Hermine may be headed out of Northeast Florida, but Meteorologist Jeff Huffman says tropical moisture will linger for a couple of days.


“That counter clockwise spin will keep those winds out of the south and west out of the Gulf of Mexico, and that will keep our rain chances elevated through Saturday, and some of that rain could be locally heavy, and it could occur at any time of day.”

He adds, the leftover spin from the exiting storm could also still produce a quick tornado, especially before 6 p.m. Friday.

Florida wakes up to Hurricane Hermine

Sep 2, 2016
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Hurricane Hermine roared ashore at 1:30 a.m. Friday near St. Marks in Florida’s Big Bend, pushing a storm surge that swamped the tiny town as it threatened deliver more water across North Florida.

Sustained winds topped 80 mph as the storm made landfall, but quickly slowed to about 70 mph. By 5 a.m., Hermine was located about 50 miles northeast of Tallahassee, moving at about 14 mph and expected to continue weakening, the National Hurricane Center reported.

Tropical Storm Hermine, in the Gulf of Mexico, is growing stronger as it approaches the Florida coast, the National Hurricane Center says.

The storm, which has been moving very slowly, is forecast to strengthen into a hurricane before making landfall north of Tampa likely early Friday. It's then predicted to pass overland toward the coasts of Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina, weakening as it goes.

Florida Governor Rick Scott has issued a state of emergency for 42 counties as Tropical Depression Nine prepares to make landfall.  The storm is headed for the panhandle. 


Governor Scott is crisscrossing the panhandle in a bid to raise awareness for what may be the first hurricane to hit the state in more than a decade.  Scott says with the storm on course to cut across North Florida, residents from Panama City to Jacksonville should be prepared.

“You as an individual have to do your part,” Scott says.  “Have water—three days of water, three days of food.”  


The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Hermine has formed from a system swirling in the Gulf of Mexico.

A tropical storm warning was issued Wednesday morning for a section of Florida's Gulf coast and Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency as Hermine approaches.


The tropical storm warning covers an area from Anclote River to the Walton County-Bay County line in the Panhandle. That area is also under a hurricane watch.

Residents of Hawaii are keeping a close eye on two hurricanes in the Pacific, Madeline and Lester.

And astronauts have been watching the storms, too — from a different angle.

On Tuesday, the International Space Station caught a spectacular view of both storms, as well as a powerful hurricane in the Atlantic.

The strongest storm in the video is Gaston, currently passing through the open ocean far from land. It's a Category 3 storm, with maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour.

Hurricane Watch for Florida’s Big Bend and Nature Coast

Aug 30, 2016

Even though Tropical Depression Nine hasn’t officially become a Tropical Storm yet, a Hurricane Watch was issued for Florida’s Gulf coast from Anclote River to Indian Pass. A Tropical Storm Watch is also in effect west of Indian Pass to the Walton/Bay County line.

National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Rick Knabb urged those living along the coast to be prepared for the worst.

“We want people to focus on NOT what it is now, but what it could be. The forecast is for a tropical storm, but it could also become a hurricane.”

Tropical Depression Nine Expected To Strengthen Today

Aug 30, 2016

Tropical Depression Nine is expected to become Tropical Storm Hermine later today in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico and meteorologist say it could intensify before landfall.


“The storm is moving over very warm water and winds aloft have lightened quite a bit,” said Florida Public Radio Emergency Network Meteorologist Jeff Huffman. “There is a window over the next 48 hours for some intensification. It could be a strong tropical storm by tomorrow afternoon as it starts to accelerate northeastward.”

Hurricane Hunters flew into Tropical Depression Nine on Monday afternoon and did not find tropical storm force winds. However, Florida Public Radio Emergency Network Meteorologist Jeff HufFman says the system is still expected to intensify.