Gov. Scott seeks presidential disaster declaration for Hurricane Hermine

Bloods floated ont street in Steinhatchee
Bloods floated ont street in Steinhatchee

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida's governor has asked President Barack Obama for a major disaster declaration to help the state recover from damage left by Hurricane Hermine.

Storms and flooding that affected communities and businesses along Florida's Gulf Coast and inland, especially in the Tallahassee area. The request is for both federal assistance for families and public assistance to help state agencies and local governments with recovery efforts.

“We must do everything we can to ensure that Florida families and businesses can get back on their feet following Hurricane Hermine," Scott said. "The resources and financial assistance from the federal government would support our communities and help them rebuild."

Hermine broke the state’s long streak without a hurricane-strength storm when the Category 1 storm hit Florida in the wee hours of Sept. 2 before slowly traveling through north-central Florida, through south Georgia and up the Eastern Seaboard.

The storm weakened to a tropical storm as it moved inland in Florida, with winds topping 70 mph, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, but it was still enough to cause widespread damage and power outages. A day after the storm, more than 300,000 homes were without power. Toppled trees in Tallahassee left some residents without power for about a week.