Mon | Jul 16, 2018

Hurricane Hermine batters Florida's northern coast

Published:Friday | September 2, 2016 | 12:30 PM
A news reporter doing a stand up near a sea wall in Cedar Key, Florida is covered by an unexpected wave as Hurricane Hermine nears the Florida coast.

Wind and rain from Hurricane Hermine have battered Florida's northern Gulf Coast, causing flooding and power outages.

Hermine made landfall earlier today, becoming the first hurricane to hit the state in more than a decade.

The National Hurricane Center said wind gusts reached 80 miles per hour.

According to the National Weather Service, in the town of Cedar Key, waters rose more than 9.5 feet, among the highest surges ever seen.

The system has passed through Florida and has now weakened to a tropical storm, making its way through Georgia before heading for the Carolinas.

Police in Taylor County, Florida, said the storm had caused severe damage.

In the capital Tallahassee where people were urged to move to higher ground to avoid flash floods, at least 70,000 homes were without power at one point, affecting 60 per cent of people in the region.