150k Without Power as Hermine Makes Landfall; First Hurricane to Strike Florida in 11 Years
Science| | By Jason Owen
According to ABC, Hermine made landfall at approximately 1:30 a.m. early Friday morning as a hurricane, the first to strike Florida in 11 years when Hurricane Wilma struck the coastal state in 2005. Forecasters predict Hermine could dump as much as five to 10 inches of rain, with some local areas receiving more than 15 inches, which could cause “life-threatening floods,” according to the National Hurricane Center. From ABC:
“The National Weather Service said an area outside Tampa in Pinellas County recorded 22.36 inches of rain over the past 72 hours, while in nearby Largo 15.23 inches of rain has fallen. Other rain totals include 10.73 inches in Seminole, 9.71 inches in Longboat Key and 8.61 inches in Port Richey, The Associated Press reported.”Meteorologists also warned of a powerful storm surge that could approach nearly 11 feet in some areas. After Hermine pushes its way through Florida, the storm is expected to move into southeast Georgia and along the Carolina coast and then into the northeast by Sunday.