Florida's first hurricane in 11 years

September 2, 2016

Hermine strengthened into a powerful Category 1 storm with sustained winds above 80 miles an hour, becoming the state’s first hurricane in nearly 11 years. North Florida scrambled to cope with the aftermath, a storm that toppled countless trees, flooded homes and cut electricity to hundreds of thousands of people.  

 

 

 

Cedar Key experiences street flooding as Hurricane Hermine passes by the Gulf of Mexico in Fla., Sept. 1, 2016.

Shannon Sykes, co-owner of 83 West, vacuums up water seeping through the restaurant as Hurricane Hermine passes by the Gulf of Mexico in Fla., Sept. 1, 2016.

Cedar Key experiences street flooding as Hurricane Hermine passes by the Gulf of Mexico in Fla., Sept. 1, 2016.

Store windows are boarded up with plywood as Hurricane Hermine passes by the Gulf of Mexico in Fla., Sept. 1, 2016.

Cedar Key experiences street flooding as Hurricane Hermine passes by the Gulf of Mexico in Fla., Sept. 1, 2016.

Taylor Bassett and Pieter De Wolf investigate the area after a tree hit their house during Hurricane Hermine in Gainesville, Fla., Sept. 2, 2016. "We thought it was going to be like a baby storm," Bassett said.

Volunteer Stephen Rout ,16, helps clear up trees blocking NW 8th Avenue alongside his father, not pictured, after Hurricane Hermine wreaked havoc throughout Gainesville in Fla., Sept. 2, 2016.

Allen Rout helps clear up trees blocking NW 8th Avenue alongside his son, not pictured, after Hurricane Hermine wreaked havoc throughout Gainesville in Fla., Sept. 2, 2016. “I have lived here for 25 years and through several spates of hurricanes so when the municipal folks have their hands full, you just get out and do what you can,” Rout said.

Stephen Rout, 16, and his father, Allen, help clear up trees blocking NW 8th Avenue after Hurricane Hermine wreaked havoc throughout Gainesville in Fla., Sept. 2, 2016.

A man who identified as Willie Joe reinforces the boards around his tent after Hurricane Hermine hit at Dignity Village in Fla., Sept. 2, 2016. "I hope all the bad weather goes away and doesn't come back," Joe said.

Maria Rodriguez, a 58-year-old homeless resident, fills jugs of water in preparation for Tropical Storm Hermine at Dignity Village in Gainesville, Fla., Sept. 1, 2016. "I'm planning to stay here because I believe in God and I know he will protect me," Rodriguez said

Kevin Cummings speaks to a police officer about safety precautions after Hurricane Hermine hit at Dignity Village in Fla., Sept. 2, 2016. "I was worried about water damage and losing my medication, which I need for life-threatening illnesses," Cummings said.

 

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