TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Latest on Tropical Storm Hermine in Florida (all times local):
Florida’s Division of Emergency Management says that 151,973 customers were without electricity in the state.
The agency Tweeted the statistic Saturday, saying that as of 4 p.m. one percent of Florida’s homes and businesses were now without power in the wake of Hurricane Hermine.
The storm felled trees and wires across a wide swath of north Florida. The city of Tallahassee was hit especially hard.
Florida State University in Tallahassee tweeted Saturday that power was restored to a majority of buildings on the main campus.
Residents of Pasco County are watching waterways wearily after a thunderstorm soaked an area already soggy from Hurricane Hermine __ and officials are telling some residents to evacuate because of the potential for floods.
Emergency officials in Pasco said Saturday that the Anclote River is rising and is expected to reach near major flood stage over the next few days.
EOC Director Kevin Guthrie issued a mandatory evacuation order Saturday for residents in one apartment complex, one mobile home park and in a few neighborhoods due to rising water.
Pasco County is north of Tampa.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio visited storm-hit Tallahassee residents.
According to the Tallahassee Democrat, (http://on.tdo.com/2bNs5ru) Rubio promised local government officials Saturday he will cut through federal bureaucracy to help the Big Bend recover.
During a 45-minute roundtable discussion at the county Emergency Operations Center, Rubio expressed concern for small, rural counties that will depend on the Federal Emergency Management Administration and state agencies for restoring electricity, maintaining public health and rebuilding communities. He said he would meet with Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., early in the week to make sure FEMA – already beleaguered by wildfires out west and disastrous flooding in Louisiana – does not forget Florida.
“I worry about those small, rural counties especially,” he said. “It might be small dollars for the rest of the world, but for them it might be a quarter of their economy. That could be the impact.”
The Salvation Army says it has deployed 13 mobile kitchens in the following Counties: Citrus, Dixie, Gadsen, Hernando, Leon, Levy, Marion, Pasco, Taylor, and Wakulla.
In a news release Saturday, the Salvation Army says it is serving meals and providing clean-up kits for storm victims.
Some of the hardest hit areas being served by The Salvation Army are the communities of Cedar Key, Horseshoe Beach, Steinhatchee, Tallahassee, and Yankeetown.
The Salvation Army sent a Personnel Support Unit — also known as a ‘bunkhouse’ — with the capacity to sleep 14 disaster relief volunteers and staff.
On Friday, the group provided 838 meals, 1,194 drinks, 563 snacks and spiritual care to 114 residents across the storm-affected areas of Florida.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott says hundreds of thousands of people around the state are without electricity due to Hurricane Hermine.
Scott gave a storm briefing at the state’s Emergency Operations Center on Saturday morning.
The first hurricane to hit Florida in more than a decade wiped away beachside buildings and toppled trees onto homes Friday before plowing inland on a path that could send it rolling up the densely populated East Coast with heavy rain, high winds and flooding.
Hermine (her-MEEN) quickly weakened to a tropical storm and was spinning inland along the North Carolina coast Saturday.
In Tallahassee and Leon County — the state’s capital — 57 percent of homes are without electricity.
More than 300,000 people around the state are without power.