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Hermine heading towards the Carolinas

RICHMOND, Va. -- Hermine made landfall in the Florida panhandle around 1:30 a.m. as a category one hurricane with 80 mph winds.Blog9

Hermine was downgraded to a tropical storm before sunrise as winds dropped to 70 mph as it moved into southern Georgia.  Winds have continued to drop as the storm remains over land.

The forecast track will take it through South Carolina today and towards the Outer Banks Saturday morning.  Wind speeds will drop to around 45 mph as it passes through eastern North Carolina.

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Some showers from Hermine will spread across the North Carolina border this evening, with some showers possible in the metro by mid to late evening.  Rainfall intensity will pick up overnight into daybreak Saturday.

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There will be rain Saturday morning, especially east of I-95.  Rain will turn more scattered in the afternoon, and areas well west of I-95 may stay dry much of the afternoon.  Highs will be in the mid 70s.  Winds in the metro will be 15 to 25 mph with some gusts over 30 mph.   Winds near the Bay will gust over 40 mph, and gusts over 50 mph will be possible near Virginia Beach.

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A tropical storm warning has been issued for eastern Virginia due to the potential for the stronger wind speeds.  Tides may end up being three or more feet above normal, causing flooding.  A flash flood watch has been issued for far southeastern Virginia.

Wind speeds will decrease Saturday night and Sunday.  There will be the chance of a few showers Sunday, but the best chance will be closer to the coast.  Highs will be in the upper 70s.  Labor Day should be partly cloudy and warmer with highs in the low to mid 80s.

The center of the storm will get stuff offshore early in the week.  This will keep some gusty winds, higher waves and strong rip currents near the coast.

Additional information is in the CBS 6 Hurricane Tracker.

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