Hurricane Hermine makes landfall - WNEM TV 5

Hurricane Hermine makes landfall

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Carrabelle, FL (CBS News) -

Hurricane Hermine made landfall early Friday along Florida’s Gulf Coast, sending battering waves against docks and boathouses as the state got its first direct hit from a hurricane in over a decade.

The National Hurricane Center said the Category 1 storm’s eye came ashore just east of St. Marks, Florida, around 1:30 a.m. EDT with top sustained winds nearing 80 mph.

Hermine made landfall in the “Big Bend” area - the mostly rural and lightly populated corner where the Florida peninsula meets the Panhandle. It was expected to weaken back down to a tropical storm and push into Georgia, the Carolinas and up the East Coast, with the potential for drenching rain and deadly flooding.

The Hurricane Center said that as of 2 a.m. EDT, Hermine was some 35 miles southeast of Tallahassee, the capital city about 35 miles from the coast. The storm was moving north-northeast at 14 mph.

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.

Rainfall of 4 to 10 inches was possible along the coasts of Georgia and the Carolinas by Sunday. Lesser amounts were forecast farther up the Atlantic Coast, because the storm was expected to veer out to sea.  

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