Hermine Back to Tropical Storm Strength After Making Landfall in Florida Early Friday Morning

Hermine has weakened to a tropical storm as it moves farther inland after making landfall in Florida's Big Bend area as a hurricane.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm's maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 70 mph with additional weakening forecast.

The storm is centered about 20 miles west of Valdosta, Georgia, and is moving north-northeast near 14 mph.

Hermine officially became a hurricane Thursday afternoon and had maximum sustained winds of 80 mph when it made landfall near St. Marks, located about 20 miles south of Tallahassee, around 1:30 AM Friday morning according to the National Hurricane Center. 

Hermine was the first hurricane to hit Florida in more than a decade when it came ashore early Friday.

After pushing into Georgia, Hermine is expected to move into the Carolinas and up the East Coast with the potential for drenching rain and deadly flooding.

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