The United States National Hurricane Center warned yesterday that tropical storm Hermine, currently in the Gulf of Mexico, became a Category 1 hurricane. It is predicted hurricane Hermine will reach northern Florida's Panhandle region, striking important cities such as Panama City and Tallahassee (state capital). Other cities on the west coast of Florida, including Tampa Bay area, already feel the effect of winds and waves. This will be the first hurricane to hit the state of Florida since hurricane Wilma in 2005.
The Governor of Florida declared state of emergency. State officials issued evacuation warnings in several coastal communities, closed bridges due to rising waves which may cause floods, while schools canceled classes.
The National Hurricane Center forecasted Hermine would also hit the state of Georgia. Then, it would emerge into the Atlantic Ocean, passing over the coast of Carolinas and Virginia over the weekend.
Brazilian nationals in need of consular assistance in areas affected by the hurricane may contact the Consulate General of Miami or the Consulate General of Atlanta by emergency phones (+1 305) 801-6201 and (+1 404) 561-8354 respectively.