Friday, September 2, 2016

#Hermine Leaves 170,000 Floridians Without Power

Trigger Warning:
Forecast: It's gonna rain!
Hermine barrelled into Tallahassee, FL last night as a Category 1 hurricane.  It was the first time in over 30 years that the city had actually been hit by a hurricane of any size.  Currently over 170,000 people are without power, including a large portion of the city of Tallahassee itself:
Hurricane Hermine may have been downgraded to tropical storm, but it hit Florida's panhandle with ferocity Friday, leaving more than 170,000 without power in its wake before heading up the Eastern Seaboard packing heavy rains for the Labor Day weekend.

The Category 1 storm hit just east of St. Marks around 1:30 a.m. EDT with winds around 80 mph, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. Hermine later weakened to a tropical storm as it moved farther inland.

Projected storm surges of up to 12 feet menaced a wide swath of the coast and an expected drenching of up to 10 inches of rain carried the danger of flooding along the storm's path over land, including the state capital Tallahassee, which hadn't been hit by a hurricane since Kate in 1985.
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The rest of the state that isn't in the storm's path is still getting some pretty nasty rainstorms.  That's usually the norm with these types of storms.  Most of them are so big that they affect the entire state in some way regardless of where it actually makes landfall.  I imagine the next 24 hours are going to feature lots of wind and rain for most of us down here in the "Sunshine" State.

Stay safe if you find yourself in Hermine's path.  It looks like it's going to weaken significantly over the next day or so, but even a small tropical storm can be devastating if you're not prepared.
Don't forget to stock up on supplies...

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