Hurricane Hermine makes landfall in Florida
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) —
Hurricane Hermine made landfall near St. Marks Florida just before 1:00 a.m. Friday. The National Weather Service calls this the state’s first hurricane in a decade. Tallahassee is under a flash flood warning as intense bands of rain move across the region. The storm is dropping rain at rates of more than 4-inches per hour.
Hermine is now a Category 1 Hurricane
People in areas like Cedar Key, FL and Clearwater Beach are sharing pictures on social media of intense flooding there. Some counties issued mandatory evacuations late Thursday. One communities asked everyone to stay inside after 9:00 p.m. Thursday.
This week, Florida’s governor warned people that Hermine would be life-threatening and forecasters said the surge of ocean water could be as high as 9 feet above normal levels. Hermine’s maximum sustained winds reached 80 miles per hour as the front edge of it moved across Apalachicola, Tallahassee, St. Petersburg and other cities.