DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. — Hurricane Hermine caused relatively minor problems on the Alabama coast, officials said Friday, but an extremely high tide will have to fall before the full extent of any damage is evident.
Low-lying areas flooded on Dauphin Island because of the tide, and workers closed a beach park on the western end of the narrow barrier island because of erosion, said Mayor Jeff Collier.
But the damage wasn’t bad enough to cancel a movie screening planned for Friday night on the beach, Collier said. “It’s Kung Fu Panda 3,” he said.
To the east in Orange Beach, Mayor Tony Kennon said the tide was still high at midday, possibly hiding some beach erosion, but no major damage was evident. A hurricane hadn’t made landfall on the Gulf Coast since Ike in 2008, and Kennon said Hermine provided a reminder of what can happen.
“You just sort of lose sight of what you have to deal with,” he said.
Forecasters said big waves and dangerous rip currents were possible on Baldwin County beaches headed into the Labor Day holiday. The three-day weekend is a busy time for tourists in the beach towns of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.
Hermine made landfall in the Big Bend region of Florida, about 200 miles east of the Alabama-Florida state line, before it was downgraded to a tropical storm.