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>> Florida inundated after Hurricane Hermine made landfall early on Friday. The system dumping heavy rain and packing winds up to 80 miles per hour, downing electrical lines and leaving tens of thousands without power. Reuters correspondent Letitia Stein in the Tampa Bay area.>> Residents in communities from Tampa on the Gulf Coast all the way up through the Florida panhandle, Tallahassee, the capital city, woke up on Friday, many of them without electricity.
More than 250,000 Floridians experienced power loss as a result of this storm. There were some 75,000 sand bags handed out across the state. Shelters were opened and mandatory evacuations were ordered in a handful of counties. Even in places here, like this community, which is Gulfport, Florida, along Florida's Gulf Coast that did not have any mandatory evacuations.
Streets have been flooded now for two days. It's unclear how long it is gonna take for all the water to get out.>> Florida governor Rick Scott saying at least one person appears to have been killed by a falling tree.>> Early this morning, the Florida National Guard deployed reconnaissance teams.
They are beginning in Crystal River, and working their way up the coast. There are special forces who are doing search and rescue. We have 6,000 national guardsmen who stand ready to assist our state. Florida Wildlife Commission have conducted search and rescue missions with high water vehicles in multiple counties.
>> Hermine, the first hurricane to hit the state since 2005, the system downgraded to a tropical storm as it moved over land. It could drop as much as 15 inches of rain across Georgia and the Carolinas. The tropical storm watch extending north to New Jersey, with Hermine expected to be felt over the Labor Day long weekend by tens of millions of Americans along the Atlantic Coast.