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Hermine hits Florida coast as 1st hurricane in a decade

5 years 9 months 3 weeks ago Friday, September 02 2016 Sep 2, 2016 September 02, 2016 6:54 AM September 02, 2016 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

CARRABELLE, Florida - Officials say tens of thousands of people in Georgia are without power today thanks to Tropical Storm Hermine.

In Florida, where the storm came ashore as the state's first hurricane in more than a decade, a couple suffered minor injuries when they drove into a downed tree.

Wakulla County Administrator Dustin Hinkel says a storm surge of 8 to 10 feet hit the county's beaches, damaging docks and flooding coastal roads south of Tallahassee.

Authorities in Florida's Pasco County say coastal flooding has forced at least 18 people from their homes in Green Key and Hudson Beach as rain drenches the state.

Early this morning, Pasco County Fire Rescue and sheriff's deputies used high-water vehicles to rescue people from rising water. They were taken to a nearby shelter.

The sheriff's office said in a news release that storm surge from the Gulf of Mexico, combined with intermittent bands of heavy rain, pushed water into low-lying neighborhoods.

Many roads in the area north of Tampa, are also flooded.

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