Tropical Depression 9 has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Hermine, but the Coast should see few effects.
The storm is moving northeast through the Gulf of Mexico. As of Wednesday afternoon, the storm had sustained winds of 40 mph, was centered about 415 miles west-southwest of Tampa, Florida, and was on a forecast track that would approach the northwest Florida coast Thursday afternoon, according to the National Hurricane Center.
“It should make landfall sometime late Thursday night or Friday morning,” said meteorologist Andrew Ansorgy of the National Weather Service in New Orleans.
While the storm is not expected to bring much, if any, rain to South Mississippi, a coastal flood advisory is in effect until 7 p.m. Thursday. Tides are expected to be up to 2 feet higher than normal with possible moderate winds and rough seas.