Hermine gaining strength as it moves towards Florida

The National Hurricane Center has issued a Hurricane Warning, Tropical Storm Warning, Hurricane Watch and Tropical Storm Watch for parts of the Southeastern United States as Hermine churns in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. Meanwhile, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center tracks Madeline and Lester.

Although the Atlantic hurricane season officially began on June 1st, we’re now entering the “season within the season” – a roughly eight-week period that is often the most active and dangerous time for tropical cyclone activity, the National Weather Service said recently. From mid-August through mid-October, the activity spikes.