Hurricane Hermine slammed into Florida early Friday, making landfall after a furious mix of rain, whistling winds and surging waves.
The Category 1 storm, which had maximum sustained winds of 80 mph, is the first hurricane to come ashore in the state since Wilma struck 11 years ago.
It made landfall east of St. Marks in the Big Bend area, a part of the coast where the state’s peninsula meets the Panhandle.
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Residents took shelter overnight as it bore down on the region, some boarding up windows and filling sandbags to keep water away.
In Tallahassee, more than 70,000 utility customers were without power as winds and rain lashed the city.