It’s official, Tropical Storm Hermine has been upgraded to hurricane and should hit land around 12:00am midnight. This change comes shortly after Governor Deal declared a state of emergency for 56 counties here in Georgia.
Southwest Georgia has the most to worry about, Weather.com says that Tallahassee, Florida will be the most effected by the storm and areas surrounding should take precaution.
Atlanta’s Brad Nitz from WSBTV says that the southeast metro Atlanta region will see heavy rain from Hermine and could receive 3 to 5 inches.
Hurricane warnings continue for a swath of north Florida, extending inland to include the city of Tallahassee. This means hurricane-force winds (at least 74 mph) are expected for a period of time in the warned area. Various tropical storm warnings also continue from parts of Florida to North Carolina.
Some college campuses have already closed due to the threat that Hurricane Hermine brings.
Albany State, Darton State, Valdosta State, Georgia Southern and Savannah State campuses are all closed tomorrow due to Hurricane Hermine.
— Everything Georgia (@GAFollowers) September 1, 2016
— Eric Fisher (@ericfisher) September 1, 2016
Storm shelters to open
The American Red Cross will open five shelters Thursday evening for those affected by Hurricane Hermine.
The Red Cross shelters provide the immediate emergency needs of those affected, including a safe place to stay and food to eat.
Here is a list of shelter locations expected to open Thursday evening:
Tift County Recreation Center
401 Victory Dr, Tifton, GA 31794
Mathis Municipal Auditorium
2300 North Ashley Street, Valdosta GA 31602
Waycross Middle School
700 Central Ave, Waycross, GA 31501
Center Square Complex Exhibit Hall B
200 South Madison Avenue Douglas, GA 31533
Wayne County High School
1 Jacket Drive, Jesup, GA 31545
Additional shelters will be opened if needed.