By Ifeanyi Nwoko
Tropical Storm Hermine has strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane, threatening to bring a dangerous storm surge to Florida the BBC reports.
Wind gusts reached 80mph (130kmph) on Thursday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.
Weather officials predict Hermine will also hit Georgia and the Carolinas, and could bring heavy rains along the East Coast in the coming days.
Hermine is expected to make landfall on the northern Florida Gulf Coast early on Friday – the first hurricane to hit the state since 2005.
Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for 51 counties as residents were braced for the dangerous storm.
“This is life threatening. We have not had a hurricane in years,” Governor Scott said.
8,000 members of the Florida National Guard have been prepared for deployment.
Gov. Scott ordered evacuations in five counties in Florida’s north-west and called for voluntary evacuations in three other coastal counties.
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Wheatherwhizkid defined a hurricane as a huge storm! It can be up to 600 miles across and have strong winds spiraling inward and upward at speeds of 75 to 200 mph.
“Each hurricane usually lasts for over a week, moving 10-20 miles per hour over the open ocean. Hurricanes gather heat and energy through contact with warm ocean waters. Evaporation from the seawater increases their power.