Hurricane Hermine moving inland over Florida

Waves break against the County Pier as beachgoers were able to visit before it was closed in the afternoon in advance of Tropical Storm Hermine Thursday Sept. 1 2016 in Panama City Beach Fla. Hermine strengthened into a hurricane Thursday and steamed

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The man had been sleeping in a tent when the tree fell on top of him, the Ocala Star Banner daily newspaper reported.

“We’ve dodged bullet after bullet after bullet”, Duffy said, but added that Hermine has taken “dead aim” at the city, where blustery winds sent trees swaying before dawn.

After making landfall, Hermine is likely to travel up the coast, forecasters warned – perhaps as far as Boston by Monday.

The National Weather Service said Hermine is expected to weaken further as it moves northeast Friday and across the Carolinas Friday.

Projected rainfall ranged up to 10 inches in parts of northern Florida and southern Georgia, with 4 to 10 inches possible along the coasts of Georgia and the Carolinas by Sunday. Police had the road blocked because of flooding. She says her home sits on stilts, so she put “everything upstairs” to keep it safe from flooding. “I hope it doesn’t get any higher, we need lots of prayers”.

He said Wakulla County has 99% of their residents without power.

“This is life-threatening”, Scott told reporters on Thursday afternoon.

Mr Bellamy said his agency responded to more than 300 calls overnight.

But no more than 2 inches of rain is expected in Southern Virginia, the map indicated.

Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Hermine have moved into the Carolinas.

The highest amount of rain is expected across northeast North Carolina through the tidewater area. Flash flood watch in effect. The strongest winds will be Friday into Friday evening.

In this image made from a video, rough surf smashes against a dock as Hurricane Hermine nears the Florida coast, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, in Carabelle, Fla. More than half of Tallahassee had lost power, the NWS said. Gillum was not aware of any major damage or serious injuries, although he stressed reconnaissance crews had just started venturing out.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester and Colleton counties as Hermine gains strength.

Georgia Power’s online outage map showed that numerous outages were in and around the cities of Valdosta and Brunswick.

USA media reported toppled trees and downed power lines had left more than 170,000 people without power. Winds exceeding 55 miles per hour had been recorded in the county, with 4 to 5 inches of rainfall, she said.

Hermine is forecast to move over eastern SC on Friday night and eastern North Carolina on Saturday.

Hurricane Hermine damage in Hillsborough County.

South of Tallahassee, the town of Cedar Key has seen a 10ft (3m) storm surge.

“This is a life-threatening situation”, Scott said.

Pasco County fire rescue and sheriff’s deputies used high road clearance vehicles to rescue people from rising water.

For many, this holiday weekend gives them a chance to take one last beach vacation or maybe a chance to go explore the Big Apple.

At 8 a.m., Hermine had maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour, the Hurricane Center said.

Scott declared a state of emergency for 51 of the state’s 67 counties.

A hurricane warning has been issued for several Florida counties stretching from Panama City to north of Cedar Key. “I’ve been in this area for 30 years but I’ve never seen it like this”, Chason said.

The storm is centred about 20 miles west of Valdosta, Georgia, and is moving north-north-east at almost 14mph. There will be high seas and gusty winds.

Hurricane Hermine made landfall on Florida’s northwest coast early Friday, flooding streets, toppling trees and knocking down power lines.

“The combination of a risky storm surge and the tide will continue to cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline”, the National Hurricane Center said in an advisory.