Hurricane Hermine: Florida lashed by first tropical cyclone in 11 years

or the first time in more than a decade, a hurricane is hitting Florida.

Hurricane Hermine, a Category 1 storm with 80-mile-per-hour winds hit St. Marks early this morning and has moved inland where it was downgraded to a tropical storm. Warning of the dangers posed by the high winds, downed trees and power outages, Florida Gov. Rick Scott called a state of emergency for 51 counties and urged residents to take shelter.

“You can rebuild a home, you can rebuild property, you cannot rebuild a life,” Governor Scott said at a news conference Thursday afternoon, adding “we are going to see a lot of flooding.” READ MORE.