First Hurricane Since 2005 Makes Landfall in Florida

Hermine then downgraded to tropical storm
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 2, 2016 3:04 AM CDT
A hand-painted sign on a boarded-up bar is seen as Hurricane Hermine nears the Florida coast, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, in Cedar Key, Fla.   (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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(Newser) – Hurricane Hermine made landfall in Florida's Big Bend area early Friday as the first hurricane to hit the state in more than a decade. The Category 1 storm hit just east of St. Marks around 1:30am EST with winds around 80 mph, according to the US National Hurricane Center. Hermine later weakened to a tropical storm as it moved farther inland, reports AP. Projected storm surges of up to 12 feet menaced the coastline and expected rainfall of up to 10 inches carried the danger of flooding through the storm's path, including the state capital, Tallahassee.

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 Hawaii, meanwhile, Hurricane Lester is approaching, and authorities hope people will take warnings seriously even the islands escaped serious problems from an earlier storm. After it was downgraded from a hurricane, Tropical Storm Madeline left parts of Hawaii's Big Island soggy but intact Thursday as residents of the island state prepared for a second round of potentially volatile tropical weather. (Read more hurricane stories.)

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