>> Howling winds and hard rain lashing northern Florida's gulf coast as Hurricane Hermine makes landfall, cutting a messy path along the US east coast early Friday. Parts of Florida hammered with five inches of rain. The category one storm leaving thousands along the coast in the state capital, Tallahassee, without power.
Hermine comes with a dangerous storm surge expected to swell up to 12 feet high in some places and lead to serious floods, threatening tens of thousands of people on the coast over Labor Day weekend. Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency across most of Florida, warning residents to batten down the hatches in a late night bulletin.
>> This thing about this, we're gonna hope for the best, and we're gonna prepare for the worst.>> Also in Hermine's warpath, coastal areas of Georgia and the Carolinas. Forecasters warning of potentially life-threatening flash floods across all three states.