Hurricane Hermine to make landfall in Fla. early Friday, track toward NC coast

Tropical Storm Hermine is now Hurricane Hermine. The storm strengthened to a hurricane on Thursday afternoon at about 3 p.m. with max winds of 75 mph.

Hurricane Hermine, in the Gulf of Mexico, is moving northeast and is forecast to continue on a northeast track. It is expected to make landfall in Florida at about 2 a.m. Friday and move across eastern Georgia and South Carolina through the day on Friday before emerging offshore Wilmington Friday night.

The strongest winds will be east of the center of circulation and heavy rain is expected near the path.

In the Piedmont, one to two inches of rain can be expected with winds of 12-18 mph from the Triad to the southern Piedmont.

The beaches will likely have six inches or more rain from this storm.