>> Florida and Hawaii, 5,000 miles apart, but both bracing for beatings from late summer storms. In Florida, a tropical storm developing in the Gulf of Mexico, could end up battering the state before moving Northeast, along the Atlantic Coast. Reuters correspondent Letitia Stein is there.>> Here outside Tampa, as you can see, it's been pouring.
The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Hermine could keep strengthening as it approaches Florida's Northern Gulf Coast. They say the winds could be nearly hurricane strength by Thursday afternoon.>> Across the continent and half way across the Pacific in Hawaii, storm preps were also underway Wednesday. Shelters were opening as offices, schools and roads were closing to prepare for hurricane Madeline expected to hit the Big Island's southern section the hardest.
Chasing right behind her is another rare Hawaii hurricane, Lester, which could make landfall this weekend. The governors of both Hawaii and Florida have signed emergency proclamations to free up resources as they hunker down for the storms.