Hurricane Hermine Hits Northern Florida Coast, Near Tallahassee
Thousands are without power after Hurricane Hermine hit the Northern Florida coast on Friday.
The storm hit about 1:30 a.m. near Saint Marks, which is just outside of Tallahassee, according to the Florida Department of Emergency Management. The National Weather Service Office in Tallahassee reported that nearly five inches of rain fell during the storm. Wind speeds were reported between 75-80 mph.
“This is the first hurricane to hit Florida in eleven years,” according to a statement from Florida Governor Rick Scott’s Office.
Governor Scott said the hurricane warnings and tornado watches have now been cancelled, but that a tropical storm warning is still in effect. He also said this morning on Twitter that schools remain closed in 35 counties across the state. Officials declared a state of emergency in 51 of 67 Florida counties, according to Reuters.
As crews survey the damage, Governor Scott urged residents to avoid any unnecessary travel. A press conference was scheduled for 9:30 a.m. this morning to give updates on the storm damage.