https://www.wunderground.com/weather-radar/united-states-regional/fl/key-west http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry...nsifies_us_57c8829fe4b0e60d31de167c?section=& TAMPA, Fla., Sept 1 (Reuters) - Hermine gathered strength to reach hurricane status on Thursday as residents of Florida’s northern Gulf Coast scrambled for sandbags, stocked up on food and evacuated low-lying areas ahead of what their governor called “a life-threatening storm.” Hermine is expected to be the first hurricane to strike the state in more than a decade. The National Hurricane Center said it became the fourth hurricane of the 2016 season around midafternoon when its sustained winds reached 75 miles per hour (120 km/hour) while about 115 miles (180 km) south-southwest of Apalachicola, Florida. It was expected to make landfall late on Thursday or early Friday. Hermine was expected to dump as much as 20 inches (51 cm) of rain in some parts of the state. Isolated tornadoes and storm surges as high as 8 feet (2.45 m) were also forecast.