Hermine barrels north: First hurricane to hit Florida in 11-years leaves one dead and more than 200,000 without power with 22 million still in its path as the storm thunders up toward the East Coast
September 2, 2016
After pushing through Georgia, Hermine was expected to move into the Carolinas and up the East Coast with the potential for drenching rain and deadly flooding in New Jersey and New York City.
Currently, a tropical storm watch is in effect in coastal parts of New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and the Virginia Tidewater.
- 'Life-threatening' Hurricane Hermine made landfall in Florida with 80mph winds and 12ft storm surges.
- Category 1 storm hit just east of St Marks, south east of Tallahassee, at 1.30am and is heading north east.
- Hurricane slammed into rural part of Florida, knocking out power for an estimated 253,000 people across four states.
- As of Friday morning, 16 million people were under a tropical storm warning, and another 6 million were under a tropical storm watch.
- Authorities in Ocala, Florida said a man was found dead under a tree in a wooded area early Friday.
- It is the first time a storm of this magnitude has hit Florida since Hurricane Wilma killed five in 2005.
- Within the state, there are concerns the heavy rainfall and high winds could sideline efforts to fight Zika.
Hurricane Hermine slammed into Florida leaving one person dead, 253,000 people across four states without power and caused dozens of towns in its path to evacuate as it continues to cause chaos on its way into Georgia and the Carolinas.
The Category 1 storm hit just east of St. Marks around 1.30am EDT with winds around 80mph, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.
Projected storm surges of up to 12 feet menaced a wide swath of the coast and an expected drenching of up to 10 inches of rain carried the danger of flooding along the storm's path over land, including the state capital Tallahassee, which had not been hit by a hurricane since Kate in 1985.
Florida Governor Rick Scott, who declared a state of emergency in 51 counties, said 6,000 National Guard members are ready to mobilize once the storm has passed.
Hermine - downgraded to a tropical storm - was weakening as it moved into southern Georgia, and was centered about 35 northeast of Valdosta, Georgia, moving north-northeast near 14mph as of 8am EDT on Friday.
After pushing through Georgia on Friday, Hermine was expected to move into the Carolinas on Saturday and up the East Coast with the potential for drenching rain and deadly flooding in New Jersey and New York City over the Labor Day weekend.
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