And now it's Hurricane Hermine

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You'd better be sitting down for this. Or at least indoors and stocked up and water and wine, because that lil tropical storm we were all watching out in the gulf has become a full-grown hurricane.

Hurricane Hermine will be the first hurricane to hit Florida in more than ten years.

It's currently a Cat 1 and moving 14 miles per hour as it heads toward the Panhandle, according to the National Hurricane Center.

While it may not hit the Tampa Bay area directly the region is under a tropical storm warning, and flooding is pretty likely to continue as the storm gets closer to land. Further north, the coast is under a hurricane warning.

State offices in most counties are closed, as are Pinellas and Hillsborough County schools.

Officials are urging Floridians to be careful — not to drive through areas where there's standing water or frolic in dirty floodwaters, as fun as that may sound.

"This is life-threatening," said Gov. Rick Scott said during a press conference Thursday following a midday update from the National Hurricane Center, according to News Service of Florida. "It's going to impact us from Tampa Bay all the way to Pensacola."

Locally, officials are asking residents to not do laundry or run the dishwasher so local wastewater infrastructure isn't taxed to the point where sewers are backing up out into the streets or sewage has to get pumped out into the bay.

The storm is expected to make landfall after midnight Friday morning.

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