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Tropical Storm Hermine Upgraded to Hurricane Status

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MIAMI (TheBlaze/AP) -- National Hurricane Center says Hermine has strengthened to a hurricane.

Hermine is the first hurricane to affect the "Big Bend" portion of the Florida panhandle in more than a decade. It is predicted to travel over north Florida into south Georgia and up the eastern seaboard. Strong winds are expected to reach all the way up to Virginia.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday said the storm would be "life threatening" and encouraged residents and visitors to "get a plan."

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