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    Gulf Coast residents hunker down for Tropical Storm Hermine

    Gulf Coast residents hunker down for Tropical Storm Hermine
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    People on Florida's Gulf coast stocked up on supplies Thursday and some set out sandbags as they braced for Tropical Storm Hermine, which forecasters said could make landfall as a hurricane.

    A hurricane warning was in effect for Florida's Big Bend from the Suwannee River to Mexico Beach. And on the East Coast, a tropical storm warning was issued for an area that extended from Marineland, Florida, northward to the South Santee River in South Carolina.

    Georgia's governor declared a state of emergency for 56 counties through Saturday, in anticipation of high water and strong winds.

    Hermine's maximum sustained winds Thursday morning were near 65 mph (100 kph). Some strengthening was forecast and the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Hermine was likely to be a Category 1 hurricane when it makes landfall in Florida on Thursday night or early Friday.

    As of 8 a.m. EDT Thursday, Hermine was centered about 235 miles (380 kilometers) west-southwest of Tampa, Florida, and was moving north-northeast near 12 mph (19 kph).

    Residents in some low-lying communities in Florida were being asked to evacuate Thursday as the storm approached. The Tallahassee Democrat ([Only registered and activated users can see links. ] ) reported that emergency management officials in Franklin County have issued a mandatory evacuation notice for people living on St. George Island, Dog Island, Alligator Point and Bald Point. Residents in other low-lying areas prone to flooding were also being asked to evacuate.

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    I am very worried about this tropical storm My son is leaving for the Outer Banks for a wedding this weekend the path of the storm will go up to North Carolina/outer banks the projected path!!

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    Tropical Storm Hermine

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    Lisa Bolton holds her three-year-old daughter Lois Bolton, both of Manchester, England, during a visit on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, to Clearwater Beach, Fla. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Tropical Storm Hermine

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    Florida woman spots alligator swimming down flooded street
    Sept. 1, 2016 at 9:17 AM

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    Sept. 1 (UPI) -- A Florida woman whose town was flooded by tropical storm Hermine captured a video of an alligator swimming near her car.

    The video, posted to Facebook by user Iris Edibles, shows the woman's perspective as she films the flooded streets surrounding her car in Bradenton.

    The woman spots an object she identifies as "cocodrilo," or crocodile, but she later said on Facebook was likely a crocodile's more locally-appropriate cousin, an alligator.

    "You never know what your going to find in flooded streets, like a um... Alligator!! This was close to my house! Be careful with the kids. God bless!" she wrote in the Facebook post.

    The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for Bradenton and the surrounding area around 3 p.m. Wednesday

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    Sep 2 2016, 5:32 am ET

    Hurricane Hermine Makes Landfall South of Tallahassee, Florida

    by Alex Johnson, F. Brinley Bruton and Phil Helsel


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

    The Category 1 hurricane roared ashore from the Gulf of Mexico near St. Marks, which is south of Tallahassee, with sustained winds of 80 mph at around 1:30 a.m. ET.

    It was downgraded to tropical storm by 4:45 a.m. ET and it was moving north-northeast at 14 miles per hour.

    By 5 a.m. ET, close to 200,000 customers were without power in Florida, Georgia and North and South Carolina. The vast majority of the outages were in Florida, according to utility companies.

    Gov. Rick Scott earlier urged residents along a stretch of the coast centered on the so-called Big Bend — the elbow where the state's peninsula meets the Panhandle — to secure food and water.

    He also told them to make sure they had shelter ahead of the "life-threatening" hurricane — the first for the state since Wilma in 2005.
    "You can rebuild a home. You can rebuild property," Scott said. "You cannot rebuild a life."


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    Hermine leaves power outages, downed trees, in its wake
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    Tens of thousands of residents of northern Florida and southern Georgia could be without electricity for days after strong winds from Hurricane Hermine swept through overnight, downing trees and powerlines.

    Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum said power outages are “pretty ubiquitous,” with about half the city and up to 100,000 residents left in the dark.

    Many roads in the area were covered in debris, downed trees and power lines, making many of them impassable. Emergency officials urged residents to stay off the roads.

    “We had a pretty stiff storm last night and it dropped about four to five inches of rain on us through the night,” said Leon County Sheriff Mike Wood. “We have lots and lots of trees down and lots of power outages."

    One person was killed by a falling tree in Marion County, weather.com reported.

    Georgia Power reports that more than 30,000 of its customers were without power shortly before dawn Friday as Hermine rolls across the southern section of the state. Georgia Power’s online outage map showed that many of the outages were in and around the cities of Valdosta and Brunswick.

    On Cedar Key, on the Florida coast about halfway between Tallahassee and Tampa,, many parts of the island were underwater, according to the Cedar Key Police Department. State Road 41 was closed.

    As the storm closed in, many residents shrugged off the threat and instead joined a hurricane party at a photo studio.

    Pat Bonish, owner of Bonish Studio in downtown Cedar Key, said water was waist-deep in his business and was likely a total loss. As the storm approached on Thursday, and an evacuation order was issued, Bonish held a hurricane party there for local holdouts.

    “It was like a river coming up and under,” he said Friday.

    Mayor Heath Davis, who popped into the party Thursday, was traveling in a small boat on Friday was observing damage and flooding in the streets.

    Martin Kemp, owner of 1842 Daily Grind, a coffee shop said they are offering free coffee, muffins and water. The business got two inches of water. Kemp said he felt “lucky.”

    “How can I charge people when they’ve lost half their stuff?” he asked.

    Farther north up the coastline, Wakulla County and much of the Big Bend area took a beating as the first hurricane to hit the states in over 10 years made landfall across the northern tier packing 80 mph winds and gusts close to 100 mph.

    Wakulla County Administrator Dustin Hinkel said one couple suffered minor injuries when they hit a tree that had fallen into the road, the Associated Press reported.

    He also noted that a storm surge of 8 to 10 feet hit the county’s beaches, damaging docks and flooding coastal roads in the county located south of Tallahassee.

    Wakulla County Undersheriff Trey Morrison estimated between 150 and 200 trees were felled by high winds throughout the night, bringing down dozens of power lines.

    “If we're lucky it's going to take two days to get power throughout the county,” he said.

    WCSO made several emergency rescues including pulling a mother and her three daughters from a Crawfordville home after a tree came crashing through the roof

    A street is blocked from debris washed up from the tidal surge of Hurricane Hermine on Friday in Cedar Key, Fla.
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    Hermine could strengthen back to hurricane, stall off N.J. coast for 3 days
    September 02, 2016 at 2:20 PM

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    Forecasters say Tropical Storm Hermine could strengthen back into a hurricane as it slowly moves up the Atlantic coast this weekend, putting the Jersey Shore at high risk for powerful winds and a high storm surge.

    Based on the current track of the storm, the weather service is projecting a storm surge — ocean water that's pushed onshore by strong winds — of 1 to 3 feet in coastal sections of Atlantic and Cape May counties.

    "Given it's over the warm water, it definitely has the potential to restrengthen," said Lance Franck, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service's regional forecast office in Mount Holly. He noted, however, that "there's still some uncertainty in the intensity," so residents and vacationers along the Shore should monitor the latest forecasts and advisories.

    After battering Florida with torrential rain and 80 mph winds early Friday morning as a category 1 hurricane, Hermine weakened to a tropical storm and now is heading north and east across southern Georgia, with 50 mph winds. Forecasters from the National Hurricane Center said the storm will move offshore, off the coast of North Carolina, on Saturday and is likely to strengthen with hurricane-force winds as it tracks offshore near Maryland early Sunday.

    The storm is then projected to slowly drift north and east, with the storm's center parking itself about 150 to 200 miles east of Delaware and southern New Jersey by early Monday morning. That's the general area where the storm will remain from Monday through Wednesday, forecasters said.

    Causing the storm to essentially stall out for a few days are two factors, said Sean Rowland, a meteorologist at WeatherWorks in Hackettstown. One is a large ridge of high pressure moving down from Canada to New England, which will block the storm from moving north. In addition, he said, "there's no real mechanism in the upper atmosphere to push (the storm) in any direction."

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    After slamming Florida, Hermine threatens East Coast
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    The first hurricane to hit Florida in more than a decade wiped away beachside buildings and toppled trees onto homes Friday before plowing inland on a path that could send it rolling up the densely populated East Coast with heavy rain, high winds and flooding.

    Hermine (her-MEEN) quickly weakened to a tropical storm and was spinning inland along the North Carolina coast late Friday.

    But the National Hurricane Center predicted it would regain hurricane strength late in the weekend after emerging over the Atlantic Ocean.

    The system could then lash coastal areas as far north as Connecticut and Rhode Island through Labor Day.

    "Anyone along the U.S. East Coast needs to be paying close attention this weekend," said Dennis Feltgen, a spokesman for the National Hurricane Center.

    In Florida, Hermine's main impact came in the form of power outages and damage from storm surges.

    A homeless man south of Gainesville died when a tree fell on him, Gov. Rick Scott said.

    He later took to a Blackhawk helicopter to visit the coastal communities of Cedar Key and Steinhatchee hit hard by the damage from flooding and storm surge that crumpled docks and washed out homes and businesses.

    Scott pledged that businesses would be eligible for help from the state.


    But it's unclear whether Florida will get any federal disaster assistance as the state begins to clean up from the storm.

    An estimated 325,000 people were without power statewide and more than 107,000 in neighboring Georgia, officials said.

    At 8 a.m., the hurricane center said the tropical storm's center was about 10 miles north-northwest of Oregon Inlet, North Carolina.

    Forecasters said the storm is expected to move over the Atlantic Ocean soon and threatens a dangerous storm surge into Hampton Roads in southeast Virginia.

    Hermine had top sustained winds of 60 mph (95 kph) and was moving northeast at 21 mph (33 kph).

    Dominion Virginia Power said more than 53,000 customers were without power in Virginia and more than 15,000 had none in North Carolina. Organizers of the Bruce Springsteen concert scheduled for Sunday in Virginia Beach has been postponed by a day.

    Forecasters said the system could strengthen back into a hurricane by Monday morning off the Maryland-Delaware coast before weakening again as it moves north.

    Back in Florida, a storm surge at Dekle Beach damaged numerous homes and destroyed storage buildings and a 100-yard fishing pier. The area is about 60 miles southeast of St. Marks, where Hermine made landfall at 1:30 a.m. in the Big Bend area, where Florida's peninsula and panhandle meet.


    Nancy Geohagen walked around collecting photos and other items for her neighbors after the storm scattered them.

    "I know who this baseball bat belongs to," she said plucking it from a pile of debris.

    An unnamed spring storm that hit the beach in 1993 killed 10 people who refused to evacuate. This time, only three residents stayed behind. All escaped injury.

    In nearby Steinhatchee, a storm surge crashed into Bobbi Pattison's home. She wore galoshes and was covered in black muck as she stood in her living room amid overturned furniture and an acrid smell. Tiny crabs darted around her floor.

    "I had a hurricane cocktail party last night and God got even with me," she said with a chuckle. Where her bar once stood was now only wet sand and rubble. Pattison and two neighbors managed to set upright a large wooden statue of a sea captain she had carved from wood that washed ashore in the 1993 storm.

    In Keaton Beach, about two dozen people waited on a road just after sunrise Friday, trying to get to their homes. Police blocked the road because of flooding.

    Dustin Beach, 31, rushed there from a hospital in Tallahassee where his wife gave birth to a girl Thursday night to see if his home still stood.

    "When my wife got up this morning, she said, 'Go home and check on the house. I need to know where we're going after we leave the hospital,'" Beach said.

    Cindy Simpson was waiting near her car, hoping her beach home and boats survived. "It's a home on stilts so I put everything upstairs. We have two boats in the boat house, and I hope they're still there," she said.

    High winds knocked trees onto several houses in Tallahassee, injuring people inside.

    It was sometime after midnight when Alan Autry, 48, started hearing the large pines in his Tallahassee neighborhood start to crack and fall to the ground.

    Then he heard one come down on the top floor of his house. The tree didn't initially crash through the roof, and Autry and his wife went to a neighbor's house. Sometime before dawn, the corner of his house collapsed from the weight of the tree.

    "We've been married 13 years and this is our fifth hurricane," said Autry who moved from central Florida six years ago. "By far, this is the worst damage we've ever had."

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