Tropical storm on the east coast

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A radar shows the severity of tropical storm Hermine.

Garret Nelson, Reporter

      Hermine made landfall as a category 1 hurricane just East of St Marks, Florida at 1:30pm on Friday, Sept 2. This was Florida’s first hurricane landfall since Wilma in 2005.

      The storm started off the west coast of Africa on Aug 18. Known as “Invest-99L,” the storm made a long journey towards Puerto Rico without becoming a tropical cyclone thanks to a combination of wind shear, dry air, and interaction with land. When it reached the Dominican Republic, more than 1,700 people were displaced due to very heavy rainfall.

     St. Lucia, Cuba received 12.5 inches of rain in a 36 hour period ending early morning on Aug. 30.

     It received it’s name as a tropical storm on Aug. 31 after data was collected that indicated the storm was producing tropical storm-force winds. It became a hurricane roughly 24 hours later, when it was heading towards Florida’s gulf coast.

     Cedar Key, Florida received record water levels just after midnight on Friday. The water levels reached 6.1 feet above MHHW(Mean Higher High Water). Just North of Cedar Key is Perry, Florida. The police there reported severe damage along the Taylor County coastline.

     Hermine did not produce as many tornadoes as some other tropical storms like this would. Only three EF1 tornadoes were confirmed. Two were in Carteret County in North Carolina, and one was in Skidaway Island located in Georgia.

     This storm has been very destructive as it pushed its way up the East Coast all the way to New York before it retreated away from land. The storm has claimed two lives throughout it’s travel in the United States. It has left thousands without power and hundreds without homes.