Hermine a Tropical Storm once again, blowing through North FL and SE Ga

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  About four hours after making landfall as Florida's first hurricane since 2005, Hermine is now a tropical storm once again.

As of 4:45 PM, Hermine is packing winds of 70 MPH. The center of the storm is about 50 miles northeast of Tallahassee or 20 miles west of Valdosta, GA.

Packing winds of 80 MPH, Hermine made landfall about 20 miles SSE of Tallahassee around 1:40 a.m.

The tropical system churning in the Gulf whipped up 80 mph winds that extended out 45 mph from the eye. Less severe but still dangerous tropical storm-force winds targeted several hundred miles of coastline, from Tampa to the barrier islands south of Pensacola.

Nearly 100,000 customers across the affected area have already lost power.

A tornado watch is currently in effect for counties in the First Coast News viewing area and the entire coastal area is under a tropical storm warning.

Bands of heavy rain and wind are expected to continue until mid-morning.

Governor Rick Scott has already issued a state of emergency for Florida in preparation for Hermine's arrival. 

Areas to the west of Jacksonville could see rain of 5-10 inches, while more coastal areas are forecasted to get 4-8 inches of rain.


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