As the 2016 election campaigns storm on, historic weather is threatening to shake the race up even more.
For all the fears weather services instill in Americans each year, trying to help with preparedness, it has been years since a hurricane has made landfall in the continental US.
Tonight all that changes. 11 years ago Hurricane Wilma hit the coast of Florida. Now Hurricane Hermine has gained strength in the Gulf of Mexico and has become a life-threatening force.
Hermine has strengthened to a hurricane and will deliver heavy rain, gusty winds, flooding and the risk of tornadoes into Friday.
The last hurricane to make landfall in Florida was Wilma in 2005.
“We expect Hermine make landfall north of Tampa, in the Big Bend of Florida during late Thursday night into early Friday morning,” according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.
In advance of the storm, Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a State of Emergency to help 51 counties prepare. A mandatory evacuation notice has been issued for Franklin County, located along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico on the Florida Panhandle.
Florida cities that will be at risk for tornadoes include Tampa, Orlando, Ocala, The Villages, Melbourne, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Daytona Beach and Tallahassee.
Sea and surf conditions will be dangerous along the Florida west coast into Friday and along the upper east coast Thursday night into Saturday.
Every American hopes and prays that the damage of this storm is minimal, although it will most certainly make Labor Day a wet one for the East Coast. If it does cause destruction in such a key swing state, you can expect all of America to be watching Trump and Clinton’s responses, especially after the Louisiana floods.