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Hurricane Hermine has battered Florida’s northern Gulf Coast

The last Hurricane Florida witnessed was more than ten years ago but recently Florida experiences yet another one. The last to strike Florida was Wilma, a powerful Category 3 storm that arrived on October 24 2005. It swept across the Everglades and struck heavily populating south Florida and causing five deaths in the state and an estimated 23 billion dollars in damage.


The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said this recent Hurricane Hermine is the first hurricane to hit the state in more than a decade that the wind’s gusts reaches 80mph (130km/h).

The wind and rain from Florida’s Hurricane Hermine has battered Florida’s northern Gulf Coast, causing flooding and power outages. A state of emergency remains in effect for most of Florida. Having weakened to a tropical storm, it is pushing north-eastward. Emergencies have been declared in Georgia, North Carolina, Maryland and Virginia.

After making landfall early on Friday, the Hurricane Hermine swept through Florida and Georgia. It entered South Carolina, where local officials reported to have seen flooded roads, fallen trees and power outages. It has killed one person and caused severe damage, knocked out power supply to nearly 300,000 homes and businesses. Also In the town of Cedar Key where the waters rose more than 9.5ft (2.9 metres), among the highest surges ever seen, according to the National Weather Service a local media reporter spoke of  a 56-year-old man who died when a tree fell on the tent he was sleeping in.

But the National Hurricane Center predicted it would regain hurricane strength after emerging into the Atlantic Ocean, and a tropical storm warning was issued for parts of New Jersey, Connecticut and New York City. It is expected the storm conditions will reach New York on Sunday. The US Coast Guard also warned boaters and swimmers along the New York and New Jersey coasts to take caution as there is expected to be rough surf and hazardous rip currents this weekend.

In Georgia, Governor Nathan Deal also declared a state of emergency, for 56 counties, but the state was spared the havoc it had expected.

“We’re having a bit of a sigh of relief,” said Jim Butterworth, director of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency.

But 107,000 customers were reported to be without power across the state as crews worked to repair damage.