Wind and rain from Hurricane Hermine has battered Florida’s northern Gulf Coast, causing flooding and power outages.
Hermine made landfall early on Friday, becoming the first hurricane to hit the state in more than a decade.
Wind gusts reached 80mph (130km/h), the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.
In the town of Cedar Key, waters rose more than 9.5ft (2.9 metres), among the highest surges ever seen, according to the National Weather Service.
It passed through Florida and has now weakened to a tropical storm, making its way through Georgia before heading for the Carolinas.
Police in Taylor County, Florida, that has a population of more than 20,000, said the storm had inflicted “severe damage“.
In the state capital Tallahassee, where people were urged to move to higher ground to avoid flash floods, at least 70,000 homes were without power at one point, affecting 60% of people in the region.
“Multiple” roads were blocked by debris and fallen trees, traffic officials in the city said.
South of Tallahassee (Northern Florida), the town of Cedar Key saw a 6.6ft (two-metre) storm surge, raising high tide to almost 10ft.
Images from the town posted on social media showed significant flooding.
Governor Rick Scott had earlier declared a state of emergency for 51 counties across the state.
“It is a mess… we have high water in numerous places,” Virgil Sandlin, the police chief in Cedar Key, told the Weather Channel. “I was here in 1985 for Hurricane Elena and I don’t recall anything this bad.”
“I’ve never seen it this high, it’s pretty damn crazy,” said Courtney Chason, who lives in the coastal town of Carrabelle. “I hope it doesn’t get any higher; we need lots of prayers.”
The city of St Petersburg near Tampa was littered with downed palm fronds and tree branches, and low-lying streets were flooded.
Click here for full article
more recommended stories
Mauricio Vila visits ‘Chujuk Enjambre’, producer of powdered honey
Kanasín, Yucatan, (October 19, 2021).- Ximena.
Fonatur announces 16,572 archaeological monuments discovered during the Maya Train construction works
Mérida, Yucatán, (October 18, 2021).- The.
Megalodon tooth found in Yucatan cenote
A Megalodon is a pre-historic giant.
Pig farms in Yucatan could trigger serious social problems, warns UNAM researcher
The effects will not only be.
Young 18-year-old woman commits suicide in up-town northern Mérida neighborhood
Mérida, Yucatán, (October 18, 2021).- Unfortunately,.
Title deeds given to 250 Mayan women who widowed during the pandemic
Titles were given for land that.
28-year-old man from Oaxaca is arrested for exhibitionism in Progreso, Yucatan
Progreso, Yucatan, (October 18, 2021) .-.
Catholic Church admits cases of sexual abuse against minors in Campeche
There are three pending cases in.
WWF sea-turtle documentary is made in Mexico
MÉRIDA, MX.- The World Wildlife Fund.
Amanhá Residential Resort takes a step into the future at the Yucatán Country Club
Mérida, Yucatán, (October 18, 2021).- Inmobilia.