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Hurricane Hermine's Tropical Cyclone report released from the NHC

Measured storm surge, wind gusts, and damage reports

Hurricane Hermine aftermath in Steinhatchee
Hurricane Hermine aftermath in Steinhatchee

The National Hurricane Center released its Tropical Cyclone Report detailing the storm, its strength, and the resulting damage. Hurricane Hermine was a Category One hurricane that made its way into the Gulf of Mexico and made landfall along the Big Bend area of Florida's West coastline. It had been since 2005 since Florida saw a landfall, Hurricane Wilma. Hermine weakened into a Tropical Storm after making landfall and moved across Georgia, South Carolina and eventually North Carolina. 

The report details that Hermine develped a ragged eye early on September 1st, and reached hurricane strength 115 miles south-southwest of Apalachicola later that day. Hermine peaked in intensity the next day with 70 knot sustained winds.  

Hurricane Hermine maintained that strength through landfall just East of St Marks at 12:30 on Sept 2nd 2016. After landfall, Hermine weakened quickly moving across the peninsula of Florida. 

Some of the greatest damage from Hermine came from the storm surge. The highest measured storm surge was 7.5 feet above normal tide levels in Cedar Key. The combination of the tidal levels and the storm surge produced maximum inundation levels of 4 to 7 feet above ground level in Jefferson, Taylor, Dixie, and Levy county's coastline. A high water mark was recorded on Spring Warrior Creek in Taylor county of 6.5 feet above ground level.  Cedar Key measured  a record storm tide of 6.1 feet above Mean Higher High Water. The prior record was 5.2 feet set on October 7th, 1996 when Tropical Storm Josephine moved in. 

The NHC's report on Hurricane Hermine's tornadoes details ten total tornadoes. Hermine produced ten total tornadoes: five in Florida, two in Georgia, and three in North Carolina. Three EF-0 (on the Enhanced Fujita Scale) tornadoes were reported on the evening of 1 September near Steinhatchee, Adams Beach, and Salem in Taylor County, Florida, but none caused damage. Two other EF-0 tornadoes also occurred on the evening of 1 September in rural Winter Garden in Orange County, Florida, and near Fruitland Park and Lady Lake in Lake County, both causing some structural damage to homes and downing trees and powerlines.

Two EF-1 tornadoes touched down in the early morning hours of 2 September in coastal Georgia. One of the tornadoes hit near South Newport in Liberty County, snapping or uprooting trees and causing minor damage to a few structures. The other touched down on Skidaway Island in Chatham County just southeast of Savannah, damaging numerous homes and snapping or uprooting hundreds of large pine and oak trees.


Two EF-1 tornadoes were reported in Straits and Marshallberg in Carteret County, North Carolina, on the evening of 2 September. Both tornadoes caused some structural damage and snapped the trunks of trees or broke off large branches.

An EF-0 tornado touched down near Hatteras Village in Dare County, North Carolina, soon after midnight on 3 September. The tornado caused several injuries and damaged or destroyed five trailers and camping cabins at a recreational vehicle (RV) resort.

You can read the National Hurricane Center's entire Tropical Cyclone Report on Hurricane Hermine here...


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