Hermine hits Florida as first hurricane in decade

Hermine to throw a wrench in East Coast Labor Day weekend plans

Mr Scott ordered evacuations in five counties in Florida’s north-west and called for voluntary evacuations in three other coastal counties.

Meanwhile, Tropical Depression 8 continues to spin away from the North Carolina coast, positioned almost 200 miles east of the Outer Banks.

Check The Palm Beach Post’s storm tracking map for updates on Hermine. Police had the road blocked because of flooding. She says she hopes the two boats in their boathouse are still safe.

High winds knocked trees on to several houses in Tallahassee, injuring residents inside, fire and rescue spokesman Mike Bellamy said.

Thursday, Gov. Rick Scott urged residents to take precautions, calling the storm “life-threatening”. The city government tweeted there were about 70,000 power outages reported around the capital city early Friday.

Bands of heavy rain and wind are expected to continue until mid-morning.

Rains of 4in to 10in are possible along the coasts of Georgia and the Carolinas by Sunday. Flash flood watch in effect. The strongest winds will be Friday into Friday evening. The state Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency warned of heavy rains, flooding, tornadoes and power failures. It is about 60 miles south east of St Marks, where Hermine made landfall.

Hermine made landfall in Florida early Friday as a Category 1 hurricane.

Destin To Indian Pass, 1 to 3 feet storm surge is possible, this includes Aripeka to Bonita Beach, including Tampa Bay, and the Florida-Georgia line to Cape Fear. He added that an unknown number were taken to area hospitals with injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening. The rainfall is welcome in the area which has been in a period of dryness, he said. Power outages and downed trees were reported in several Florida counties.

Further, Hermine is likely to continue north eastwards across parts of Georgia as well.

A hurricane warning was in effect for the Florida panhandle from the Suwannee River to Mexico Beach as the strengthening storm was expected to sweep across northern parts of the state and then northeast along the Atlantic Coast, the National Hurricane Center said in an advisory.

The town of Cedar Key, south of Tallahassee, has seen a 3m storm surge.

In Florida’s Pasco County, north of Tampa, authorities said flooding forced 18 people from their homes in Green Key and Hudson Beach.

Hermine was the first hurricane to hit Florida in more than a decade when it came ashore early Friday.

The National Hurricane Center predicted the winds could strengthen further before Hermine makes landfall.

It is moving to the north-northeast at 14 miles per hour.

This interactive map allows you to see the real-time status of Hermine: Stay with the Eyewitness News AccuWeather team for the latest on Hurricane Hermine.

As of 8 a.m. EDT Friday, Hermine was weakening as it moved into southern Georgia, with maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour, the Hurricane Center said.

The highest amount of rain is expected across northeast North Carolina through the tidewater area.