Hurricane Hermine has wreaked havoc across the US state of Florida, knocking out power to nearly 300,000 homes and businesses, flooding low-lying areas and raising concerns about the spread of the Zika virus from pools of standing water left behind.
The first hurricane to make landfall in Florida in 11 years, Hermine came ashore early on Friday (September 2) packing winds of 130 kph and churning up a devastating storm surge in coastal areas.
Time lapse of #Hermine leaving Carrabelle from
rtbrunelle</a> <a href="https://t.co/19w3iRBjdE">pic.twitter.com/19w3iRBjdE</a></p>— Jim Cantore (JimCantore) September 2, 2016
Torrential downpours and high surf left parts of some communities under water early Friday, with mandatory evacuations ordered in parts of five northwestern Florida counties.
Hermine, later downgraded to a tropical storm, was expected to snarl Labor Day holiday travel as it churned northeast after battering Florida’s 89 billion dollar tourism industry.
Key messages from NHC for Tropical Storm #Hermine issued at 5 pm EDT Friday. https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb
NHCDirector</a> <a href="https://t.co/vxO25LVeBV">pic.twitter.com/vxO25LVeBV</a></p>— NHC Atlantic Ops (NHC_Atlantic) September 2, 2016