Hurricane left much of Florida’s capital powerless

Hermine knocked out power to 47,500 homes and buildings in Tallahassee

Sep.September 04, 2016 04:40 PM

Hurricane Hermine hit Tallahassee hard, leaving much of Florida’s capital city in the dark.

Florida Governor Rick Scott said in a news release Saturday morning that Leon County, where Tallahassee is the biggest city, was “overwhelmingly leading the state” in the number of businesses and residences without electricity.

Hermine was the first hurricane to make landfall in Florida in 11 years but the first to  hit Tallahassee in 30 years.

Hurricane Hermine made landfall as a Category 1 storm early Friday morning, and by Saturday evening, the storm had left 47,500  customers of Tallahassee’s municipal electric utility without power.

Deputy City Manager Reese Goad said the city has finished post-storm repairs to its electrical transmission network and is proceeding to restore power to individual homes and buildings.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum said the city had restored power to 25,000 customers of the municipal utility. [Tallahasee Democrat] — Mike Seemuth

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