Hermine ends Florida’s decade long hurricane drought
Written by staff reporter
Florida’s near 11-year hurricane drought ended Friday morning when Hurricane Hermine made landfall near St. Marks, Florida, 23 miles south of Tallahassee. According to AIR Worldwide, the storm arrived as a Category 1 hurricane delivering maximum sustained winds of almost 80mph, a significant storm surge, and flooding rains.
Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for 51 of the Florida's 67 counties and closed all state offices in those counties mandatory evacuation notices were issued for communities on the water or in low-lying areas of the Gulf Coast. Although the storm has now passed inland, flooding rains continue in the Big Bend region and storm surge is still a concern in areas of onshore winds.
According to AIR, wind damage to non-engineered structures is likely to be limited to isolated instances of roof and wall cladding damage, and there may be isolated instances of minor damage to engineered structures. The Bid Bend region is one of the most sparsely settled sections of the Florida.