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>> Florida bracing for the first hurricane to hit the state in over a decade. Hermine, upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane, is gathering steam and expected to make landfall Thursday, packing winds of 75 mph. Officials warning of potentially catastrophic flooding as the storm barrels towards the state's Gulf Coast.
With life-threatening surges and rain that could dump as much as 20 inches in some areas. Reuters Letitia Stein is in Central Florida.>> As you can see here in this coastal area, already waters are inundating the roads, up above tires of cars. Water came up to my knees as I was trying to walk around.
Quite a lot of water and the potential for as much as 8 feet of storm surge in areas that are going to be directly hit. Mandatory evacuations have been ordered in parts of five counties in northwest Florida where the storm is expected to make landfall overnight. Three other counties have issued voluntary evacuation orders.
>> Hermine would be the first hurricane to hit Florida since Wilma in October 2005, breaking the state's longest storm-free streak of nearly 4,000 days. The storm is expected to come ashore on the Northern Panhandle before heading across the Southeastern US and into the Atlantic. The severe weather coming at a challenging time for Florida, already battling an outbreak of Zika.
Officials on Thursday confirming they found the first domestic mosquitoes carrying the virus in Miami Beach. Governor Rick Scott warning the storm increases the threat.>> As you know we are dealing with trying to prevent any increase in the number of cases of Zika we have in the state.
And you've heard the message with Zika, we want no standing water. Well, we're going to have some standing water as soon as this happens. So all, it's incumbent upon all of us as soon as this storm passes, as soon as we can safely get rid of standing water, do it.
>> About 5,000 miles away in the Pacific, Hawaii also threatened by a rare one-two punch of storms. Hurricane Madeline weakened to a tropical storm as it passed south of the Big Island Thursday, but could still bring as much as 15 inches of rain to the state before moving further west.
And Hurricane Lester, currently a major Category 4 storm with winds of a 105 miles per hour, is expected to pass north of Hawaii over the weekend.