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Florida’s Gulf coast braces for Tropical Storm Hermine

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This NOAA satellite image taken Thursday, September 01, 2016 at 12:45 AM EDT shows large amounts of thunderstorm activity occurring offshore of the southeastern United States, extending offshore of the Mid-Atlantic. Tropical Storm Hermine is also observed in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico, slowly marching northward towards the Gulf shore. Some isolated rain showers are also moving ahead of a cold front draped across New England and into the Mid-west. (NOAA/Weather Underground via AP)

MIAMI (AP) — Florida’s Gulf coast braced Thursday for a hit from Tropical Storm Hermine, which forecasters said could make landfall as a hurricane.

A hurricane warning was in effect for Florida’s Big Bend from the Suwannee River to Mexico Beach. And on the East Coast, a tropical storm warning was issued for an area that extended from Marineland, Florida, northward to the South Santee River in South Carolina.

Hermine’s maximum sustained winds Thursday morning were near 65 mph (100 kph). Some strengthening was forecast and the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Hermine was expected to be a hurricane when it makes landfall in Florida on Thursday night or early Friday.

As of 8 a.m. EDT Thursday, Hermine was centered about 235 miles (380 kilometers) west-southwest of Tampa, Florida, and was moving north-northeast near 12 mph (19 kph).

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