Hermine lashes Florida, photos flood social media
Hermine made landfall in Florida early Friday as the first hurricane to come ashore in the state since Wilma struck 11 years ago.
As of Friday afternoon, the storm has claimed one life and left widespread, severe coastal damage through Florida. Hermine continues on its track up the U.S. Eastern Seaboard — heading right up to New York — setting off tropical storm watches throughout the U.S. Atlantic Coast.
The storm will continue to deliver torrential downpours, strong winds, flooding and the risk of tornadoes through Saturday morning.
Though it has since been downgraded to a tropical storm, Weather Network forecasters say the storm could re-strengthen to a hurricane by Monday. Life-threatening storm surge and flooding rains continue with tropical storm watches and warnings in effect all the way up the U.S. Eastern Seaboard.
(Provided by the U.S. National Hurricane Center)
- Hermine made landfall as a Tropical Storm early Friday, leaving one dead
- As of Friday afternoon, Hermine is located 50 km north-northwest of Savannah, Georgia.
- Maximum sustained winds of 85 km/h and moving northeast at 30 km/h.
- Hermine will continue to move across southeastern Georgia Friday, through the coastal Carolinas Friday evening and track offshore of the North Carolina coast on Saturday.
- Power was cut to over 70,000 customers in Tallahassee, with thousands more along Florida’s coast still without electricity.
- State of emergency declared in 51 Florida counties, 56 counties in Georgia and 33 in North Carolina.
Many people took to social media to post photos of downed trees and other storm damage. See photos below.