Mother Nature

300,000 Without Power in FL After Hurricane Hermine

About 300,000 homes in Florida were left without power Saturday as a result of Hurricane Hermine, the first hurricane to hit the state in more than a decade. The hurricane tore through Florida overnight on Friday, toppling trees and power lines and slamming into beachside buildings. Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in 51 counties on Saturday and said about 300,000 were without power after the storm. "I want everybody to have their power. I want them to be able to take a hot shower," Scott said, adding that about 6,000 National Guardsmen were ready to help with clean-up efforts. Thousands more were left without electricity in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. Tropical Storm Warnings were extended for the East Coast on Saturday, with warnings Hurricane Hermine could regain strength on Sunday.