Hurricane Hermine Makes Landfall in Florida
Hurricane Hermine made landfall near St. Marks, Florida early on Friday morning, lashing Florida with 80 mile-per-hour sustained winds, rainfall exceeding a foot-and-a-half and bringing a substantial storm surge to some coastal communities.
Hermine made landfall at 1:30am just east of St. Marks, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) confirmed early Friday.
It’s the first hurricane to make landfall in the state of Florida in nearly 11 years, a historic and record-setting hurricane drought that came to an end with Hermine’s arrival.
Wind gusts exceeding 60 miles-per-hour (MPH) were common throughout a wide swath of northwest Florida, from Tallahassee to Keaton Beach and St. George Island. About 70,000 Tallahassee customers were in the dark early Friday morning, leading to dark scenes across the city. A 64 MPH wind gust was recorded at Florida State University during the height of the storm.
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For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi