Hurricane Hermine made landfall at Saint Marks, Florida with 80 mph winds at 1:30 a.m. today, Friday, September 2, 2016, according to Florida Governor Rick Scott, the National Weather Service Tampa Bay and Hillsborough County Sheriff Office. Saint Marks is a rural fishing village on the Gulf Coast in Wakulla County about 20 miles southeast of Tallahassee. The community is part of the Tallahassee metro area.
Governor Scott is touring areas damaged by Hurricane Hermine. Scott met with residents in storm damaged areas of Tallahassee this afternoon. The governor tweeted 6,000 National Guard members are ready to help and Florida provided more than 75,000 sandbags. The Red Cross opened at least 59 shelters and is serving 300 Floridians during Hermine.
Scott advises businesses that suffered storm damage to contact Flvbeoc.org. and encouraged everyone to help each other out..
For a list of current state road closures, go to FL511.com., Scott tweeted.
The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Hermine continues to move north, northeast today into Georgia, South Carolina toward the Northeast over the Labor Day weekend.
“Hermine’s rain bands will continue to train across Central Florida for the next few hours” this morning. Don’t drive through floods.” NWS Tampa Bay tweeted this morning.
Mariners Cove in Clearwater, Florida and some communities in Pinellas and Pasco counties also were flooded.
For current flooding conditions in Pinellas County:
Hillsborough Fire Rescue tweeted free Sandbags also available at 3 locations in Hillsborough County until 6 p.m. today.
Before and after Hermine made landfall in Saint Marks, Florida in Wakulla County near Tallahassee early Friday morning. Coastal, tide flooding at Courtney Campbell Causeway (Tampa to Clearwater) on Wednesday afternoon. Our Hillsborough County backyard is partially underwater after windy Hermine’s rain bands dumped more rain overnight. Residents are cleaning up today.
Many residents felt Hermine’s effects and woke up to downed trees, flooded yards with tree debris, leaky roofs, no electricity and flooded roads across the Tampa Bay area this morning.
From Twitter feeds: St. Petersburg Police reported power outages throughout the city this morning. Pinellas County Solid Waste also is open today. Pasco County deputies also are using Humvees to evacuate residents from the Green Key neighborhood.
From 3:50 a.m. to 5:15 a.m., NWS stations at Albert Whitted Airport, Citrus County, Long Boat Key, Anna Maria Island, NNW Bellair, Hernando County Airport and SSE Pinellas Point reported Tropical Storm conditions after Hermine made landfall on the Gulf Coast side of Florida.
Below from the National Weather Service Tampa Bay Area:
“Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Tampa Bay Ruskin FL
131 PM EDT FRI SEP 2 2016
.AVIATION (18z TAFs)…
The pesky band of showers and storms, accompanied by gusty winds
and lowered ceilings, continues to plague much of central and
southwest Florida. Expect this to continue over the next few hours
with periods of MVFR to IFR cigs/vsbys. Gusty southwest winds will
decrease late this afternoon and evening with a return to VFR
conditions prevailing overnight.
.Prev Discussion… /issued 1147 AM EDT FRI SEP 2 2016/
..Tropical Storm Warning and Flood Watch Cancelled…
..High Risk of Rip Currents and High Surf Continue Through the
The National Hurricane Center has allowed all Tropical Storm
Warnings to expire this morning as Hermine continues to pull away
from the Sunshine State. Breezy southwest winds will persist into
the afternoon hours, and may be gusty within any showers or
thunderstorms that occur. A broken band of thunderstorms continues
to slowly shift southward from near Port Charlotte to Lake
Okeechobee to Vero Beach. Additional light to moderate showers
continue to develop in the wake of this band, but rainfall rates
overall have not been overly impressive. Therefore, we opted to
cancel the Flood Watch. However, localized areas that receive
heavier rains will certainly have the potential for some minor
flooding, especially across Charlotte and Lee counties where the
heavier activity is ongoing.
The rest of the forecast is still on track and expect things to
quiet down tonight with decreasing winds and shower/storm