"the most important thing tha we ought to all put in our minds is that this is life threatening." "its the fir hurricane to make landfall in florida in 11 years im adrianne bankart from new york well have the latest from florida's coast coming up" college football season kicks-off here in the borderland this weekend with the battle of i-10 at the sun bowl. all you need to know in a live report. plus---we have all the details of juan gabriel's final resting place with events taking place throughout the weekend. heavy rain hit parts of the borderland thursday morning. this is video yesterday morning over at album park. the rains left slick roads for drivers as well. the abc-7 stormtrack weather team has finally lifted that first alert we've had all week as we head into the holiday weekend .. we have a look at the weekend forrcast--but first a very good morning el paso, las cruces, and juarez. i'm stephanie valle. and i'm hillary floren. good morning, everyone. currently a broad area of upper level high pressure continues to sit over the intermountain west. normally you would not associate heavy rain with high pressure, but in this case the high is not very strong and also the steering winds are very light which allows storms to pop up and then sit over one location for some time. since these storms have a lot of moisture to work with and they arent moving very quickly a few of them will be able to produce some very heavy rainfall amounts. this heavy rainfall could lead to some isolated flash flooding. on friday we will begin to see a drying trend. precipitable water values will still be well above an inch, but that will be down from todays 1.50 readings. so our rain chances will continue on friday and saturday, but the warning to residents - while many are weathering the storm and not evacuating.. it was supposed to be the first hurricane to hit since 2005 but new this morning , the national weather service now saying it's been downgraded to a tropical storm. abc's adrienne bankert continues our stormtrack weather coverage. :28 hurricane hermine .. now a tropical storm.. making landfall. and then weakening as it moves inland. the national weather service still issueing concerns about damaging rain and big waves. after days of rising waters ...flooding is still a problem in several counties.. in sarasota, florida some residents were trapped in their homes flash flooding in places like clearwater ... what's left of the storm is expected to contune to bring tidal surges of as much as 10 feet along the coast. nats "please protect property and evacuate immediately" th governor urging floridians to get ready with three day's worth of supplies sot gov. rick scott / florida bottom line this is life-threatening. if you need to go to a shelter, go now. don't wait. sot mos "we bought cases of water." "i'm still little worried about the tidal surge." but some are still in town .. riding out the waves? despite signs saying to stay out of the water.. sot; dave and cathy hollenbeck " this is really severe 090216000 gonzalez . sot mos "still about 4 1/2 inches o water inside of the house." man saying they want to protect boats... .. sot: jay "you gotta stay on your boat so you can loosen your line and tighten your line." and their homes?. u to the last minute ... doing all they call to board up windows... putting down sandbags .. and moving to higher ground. tag: while the hurricane watches are cancelled - there is still a threat of strong winds and heavy rain as this tropical storm heads into the caorlinas .. where there was originally a threat of tornadoes adrienne bankert - abc news new york. it's the rivalry that borderland football fans look forward to every year: the battle of i-10! this year, it kicks off the season for the utep miners and the new mexico state aggies. good morning el paso's denise olivas is live with a preview ... denise? this past week players from both sides agreed-- this is the best way to start the season. it's the 94th meeting between the miners and the aggies. and it's only the 8th time in the series history the teams play one another to open up the season. but it's the utep miners who have a big lead in the series at 56-35-2. this year the aggies travel to el paso for some revenge. the aggies lost in overtime 50- 47. utep has won nine of the last 10 games between the rivals in the sun bowl including the last three matchups. the last time nmsu beat utep at the sun bowl was in 2008. it's all happening tomorrow night at the sun bowl. kick off is at 6pm. tickets are still available. if you don't want to deal with the hassle of parking-- use sun metro's park and ride. you can catch the shuttle at six sun metro stations across the city. it's 3 dollars per roundtrip. children 5 and under ride free. you will be dropped off at memorial gym and return trips begin at the end of the third quarter. eastsiders-- you can also get your single game tickets on your side of town at 1452 zaragoza. abc-7 has learned that the final resting place for juan gabriel will be in juarez. the ashes of "el divo de juarez" return home this weekend. el diario reports that juan gabriel's family will fly into el paso and cross the downtown bridge with his ashes. they will go down avenida diez-y-seis de septiembre before arriving at his home around 5 p.m. the bishop of juarez will celebrate mass at 8. and he will then hold a private ceremony with his family-- a public tribute will then follow outside the home. sunday, juan gabriel's ashes will be taken to mexico city. on monday, a tribute will be held at the fine arts palace there. on tuesday, his ashes will return to his home in juarez. it's reported that his home will be turned into a museum. mexican president enrique pena enrique pena nieto is talking about his meeting with donald trump. he wrote an op-ed about it in el universal newspaper. nieto says that despite trump's controversies... it was a chance for him to meet with someone important in u-s politics. their meeting was mostly friendly... he says they spoke about respect for the mexican people and mexican values and culture. but the talks after been since overshadowed by a dispute... trump claimed that the pair did not discussed who would pay for the republican's planned border wall... but nieto said they did talk about it. democratic vice presidential nominee tim kaine is expected to give a major national security speech next week. the virginia senator will speak tuesday in the battleground state of north carolina. this is the first time kaine will showcase his foreign policy chops during the campaign. senator kaine has previously served on the senate armed services and foreign relations committees. 6-07... weather and traffic on the 7s... currently a broad area of upper level high pressure continues to sit over the intermountain west. normally you would not associate heavy rain with high pressure, but in this case the high is not very strong and also the steering winds are very light which allows storms to pop up and then sit over one location for some time. since these storms have a lot of moisture to work with and they arent moving very quickly a few of them will be able to produce some very heavy rainfall amounts. this heavy rainfall could lead to some isolated flash flooding. on friday we will begin to see a drying trend. precipitable water values will still be well above an inch, but that will be down from todays 1.50 readings. so our rain chances will continue on friday and saturday, but the threat for flash flooding will diminish. for sunday and monday we will continue to see a drying trend and most locations will remain rain free for labor day. looking at tuesday and wednesday of next week, the upper level ridge will recenter itself over the gulf of mexico and the circulation around the high will help bring more moisture up out of northern mexico, so we will see our rain chances move back up for the middle of next week. ...abc-7 traffic track ... now it's time to take a look at the tx-dot traffic cams... we still have much more to come here on gmep-- new this morning-- a blast overseas leaves nearly a dozen people dead--who's claiming responsibility this mornng. plus--- another setback for space- x... as a rocket explodes in a fiery blast. it's all caught on camera / and this is abc-7, where news comes first! welcome back--- a break-away taliban faction is claiming responsibility for a pair