Florida's Hurricane Drought Could Soon Be Over Tropical Storm Hermine expected to be upgraded By Arden Dier, Newser Staff Posted Sep 1, 2016 10:07 AM CDT 19 comments Comments Tropical Storm Hermine is seen in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico in this satellite image, taken 12:45 AM EDT Thursday. (NOAA/Weather Underground via AP) (Newser) – Tropical Storm Hermine is surging toward Florida and is expected to make landfall as a hurricane by early Friday, reports USA Today. That means an 11-year streak could be broken: Florida has been hurricane-free since Hurricane Wilma claimed five lives in 2005, though it has seen 10 tropical storms since then, per USA Today. Up to 20 inches of rain is expected in some parts of the state with an additional risk of tornadoes. A meteorologist predicts "a very lousy holiday weekend" on the East Coast as a whole as the storm will eventually move northeast, per NBC News.