It's hard to count your blessings while you know friends and neighbors are bearing the brunt of a hurricane. I don't know how many people I've talked to over the past few days who  have expressed a huge sense of relief that Hurricane Hermine did not make a Louisiana landfall.

At the same time expressions of prayers and good thoughts were being sent to the people of Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas. We know what it's like to go through a hurricane or tropical storm.

Hurricane Hermine officially made a Florida landfall just east of St. Marks in the Florida Panhandle this morning. The storm was a category one storm at the time of landfall. While the winds were significant and there have been many reports of power outages emergency managers in coastal Florida and Southern Georgia are most concerned about the abundant rainfall associated with the storm.

The forecast track for Hermine shows the now tropical storm will continue to  weaken as it slides to the northeast across Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina during the day today. The path of the system should carry it out to sea where a more northerly turn will keep the system just off the coast of New Jersey and New York during the Labor Day holiday. Tropical Storm watches have been posted for that part of the country ahead of the storm.