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Governor Rick Scott says the City of Tallahassee needs more help in restoring power to the more than 20,000 customers still in the dark. It’s been four days since Hurricane caused most of Leon County and the Big Bend to go dark. Local officials have been criticized for not accepting all the offers of assistance that they could have. Scott told reporters Monday evening more help is on the way.

More than 90 percent of the electricity should be back on across Leon County on Monday and 98 percent by Wednesday, local officials told Gov. Rick Scott as cleanup from Hurricane Hermine continued Sunday.

Associated Press

Early Friday Hurricane Hermine became the first such storm to make landfall in Florida in more than a decade. With damage across North Florida, Big Bend residents will be putting in lots of recover work during the Labor Day weekend.


Tropical Storm Hermine may be headed out of Northeast Florida, but Meteorologist Jeff Huffman says tropical moisture will linger for a couple of days.


“That counter clockwise spin will keep those winds out of the south and west out of the Gulf of Mexico, and that will keep our rain chances elevated through Saturday, and some of that rain could be locally heavy, and it could occur at any time of day.”

He adds, the leftover spin from the exiting storm could also still produce a quick tornado, especially before 6 p.m. Friday.

Florida wakes up to Hurricane Hermine

Sep 2, 2016
Associated Press

Hurricane Hermine roared ashore at 1:30 a.m. Friday near St. Marks in Florida’s Big Bend, pushing a storm surge that swamped the tiny town as it threatened deliver more water across North Florida.

Sustained winds topped 80 mph as the storm made landfall, but quickly slowed to about 70 mph. By 5 a.m., Hermine was located about 50 miles northeast of Tallahassee, moving at about 14 mph and expected to continue weakening, the National Hurricane Center reported.

Hermine, in the Gulf of Mexico, is growing stronger as it approaches the Florida coast, and is now packing the force of a hurricane, the National Hurricane Center says.

Citing data from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft, the weather center says Hermine's maximum sustained winds increased to near 75 mph (120 km/h) Thursday afternoon — making it the fourth hurricane of 2016 in the Atlantic basin.

Florida Governor Rick Scott has issued a state of emergency for 42 counties as Tropical Depression Nine prepares to make landfall.  The storm is headed for the panhandle. 


Governor Scott is crisscrossing the panhandle in a bid to raise awareness for what may be the first hurricane to hit the state in more than a decade.  Scott says with the storm on course to cut across North Florida, residents from Panama City to Jacksonville should be prepared.

“You as an individual have to do your part,” Scott says.  “Have water—three days of water, three days of food.”  


The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Hermine has formed from a system swirling in the Gulf of Mexico.

A tropical storm warning was issued Wednesday morning for a section of Florida's Gulf coast and Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency as Hermine approaches.


The tropical storm warning covers an area from Anclote River to the Walton County-Bay County line in the Panhandle. That area is also under a hurricane watch.

Hurricane Watch for Florida’s Big Bend and Nature Coast

Aug 30, 2016

Even though Tropical Depression Nine hasn’t officially become a Tropical Storm yet, a Hurricane Watch was issued for Florida’s Gulf coast from Anclote River to Indian Pass. A Tropical Storm Watch is also in effect west of Indian Pass to the Walton/Bay County line.

National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Rick Knabb urged those living along the coast to be prepared for the worst.

“We want people to focus on NOT what it is now, but what it could be. The forecast is for a tropical storm, but it could also become a hurricane.”

Tropical Depression Nine Expected To Strengthen Today

Aug 30, 2016

Tropical Depression Nine is expected to become Tropical Storm Hermine later today in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico and meteorologist say it could intensify before landfall.


“The storm is moving over very warm water and winds aloft have lightened quite a bit,” said Florida Public Radio Emergency Network Meteorologist Jeff Huffman. “There is a window over the next 48 hours for some intensification. It could be a strong tropical storm by tomorrow afternoon as it starts to accelerate northeastward.”

Hurricane Hunters flew into Tropical Depression Nine on Monday afternoon and did not find tropical storm force winds. However, Florida Public Radio Emergency Network Meteorologist Jeff HufFman says the system is still expected to intensify.


Tropical Storm Fiona is expected to strengthen today and continue its west-northwest trajectory in the Atlantic. 

At 5 am Thursday, The National Hurricane Center said the storm was located 1080 miles to the west of the Cabo Verde Islands. Maximum sustained winds were at 45 mph and the storm was moving northwest at 16 mph.

The Florida governor, Rick Scott, declared state of emergency for more than half of the counties of the state as tropical storm Colin landed in the Big Bend area

. According to the latest National Hurricane Center (NHC) advisory, issued at 8 am, Colin is still moving in a northeast trajectory with sustained winds of 50 mph. The Tropical Storm was discontinued for the northern part of Florida but it is still in place for parts of Georgia and North Carolina. 


It’s not enough to just say you’ll be ready. National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Rick Knabb says you need a plan. And it’s easy.

When Will It Feel Like Fall In South Florida?

Sep 23, 2015
Graphic by Kenny Malone. Beach and pumpkin images from Flickr users Jorge Brazil and Kam Abbot (respectively) per CC license.

Wednesday may technically be the first day of fall, but it certainly doesn't feel any different.

In South Florida, according to the National Weather Service, "fall-like weather is usually delayed by about 4-6 weeks from the start of fall."