Tropical Storm Hermine: How will it impact MA?

Tropical Storm Hermine: How will it impact MA?

Hurricane Hermine roared ashore at Florida's Big Bend at 1:30 a.m. Friday, packing 80-mph winds. A homeless man died during the storm after a tree struck him, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said.

"Hermine will continue to move across southeastern Georgia today, move across the coastal Carolinas tonight and move offshore of the North Carolina coast on Saturday", meteorologists with the National Weather Service said Friday morning.

Hurricane Hermine made landfall in Florida's Big Bend area early Friday as the first hurricane to hit the state in more than a decade, bringing soaking rain, high winds and thousands of power outages.

Further north in Hudson County, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer and the Hoboken emergency management team were making sure the flood pumps were functional, as well as going over plans for an emergency.

Residents in some low-lying communities in Florida were being asked to evacuate Thursday as the storm approached. Horry County remains under a flash flood watch until 4:15 p.m. and forecasters said that heavy rain would continue well into the overnight hours.

Tropical storm warnings are posted from the Florida-Georgia border all the way up to nearly New Jersey, with watches in effect northward to Rhode Island.

Injured people were not reported, but at least 235,000 people are affected by electric power cuts in the north of Florida.

So far this year, eight named storms, including Hermine, have formed and four hurricanes, Alex, Earl, Gaston and Hermine.

As the system pushed into Georgia, it knocked down power lines leaving more than 250,000 homes and businesses without power.

Though sustained winds had weakened, they headed toward the Atlantic seaboard where tens of millions of Americans live, causing storm watches and warnings stretching to Rhode Island, NHC said.

"I know who this baseball bat belongs to", she said plucking it from a pile of debris. The last was Hurricane Wilma on October 24, 2005.

The governor issued a State of Emergency Declaration for the 33 eastern North Carolina counties ahead of the storm "to facilitate the movement of any resources that may be needed to respond to and recover from the storm".

A local state of emergency was declared in Duval, St. Johns and Nassau counties ahead of landfall.

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