Hurricane Hermine leaves flooding, damage in wake

Tropical Storm Hermine: Damage reports

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- On Friday morning, Governor Rick Scott gave an update on the impact Hurricane Hermine had on Florida. 

Hermine weakened to a tropical storm Friday as it moved farther inland after making landfall on Florida's Gulf Coast.

"I want to thank the Red Cross for all their hard work in helping this effort," Scott said. 

It was the first hurricane to strike the state in 11 years, leaving rising flood waters and damage in its wake.

In front of a large media audience, Scott asked residents to stay away from down power lines, flooded and standing water. 

"We expect a lot of down traffic lights and road signs, so Floridians should not travel unless they have to," Scott said. 

The National Hurricane Center said Hermine made landfall at 1:30 a.m. as a Category 1 storm with 80 mph winds along the Florida coast, just east of St. Marks.

According to Governor Scott, more than 250,000 Floridians lost power due to Hermine. He said Wakulla County has 99% of their residents without power. Crews are working hard to restore power. 

Officials in Florida’s Pasco County said that coastal flooding forced at least 18 people from their homes in Green Key and Hudson Beach. High-water vehicles were used to rescue people from rising water and they were taken to a nearby shelter.

Scott said those 18 people were rescued by Pasco County Fire Rescue and the Sheriff's Department. 

In all, 500,000 Floridians had been under a hurricane warning late Thursday.

Gov. Scott also mentioned Zika and the need to prevent anymore outbreaks in Florida. Scott said, "It's incredibly important that everyone does their part in combating Zika." 

He said all Floridians need to dump standing water no matter how small because standing water is a breeding ground for Mosquitoes. 

According to Gov. Scott there was one death in Marion county when a tree fell on a homeless person. He said police are now working to figure out if that death was storm-related. 

Contributing information from USA TODAY. 


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