For Tallahassee, Irma Could Mirror Hermine

Sep 8, 2017

Tallahassee residents can be forgiven if Hurricane Irma brings on a strong feeling of Déjà vu.

A National Weather Service radar image of Hurricane Hermine, which struck Tallahassee head on last summer as a Category 1 storm. Hurricane Irma is expected to generate similar conditions.
Credit National Weather Service

Jane Hollingsworth, chief meteorologist for the National Weather Service’s Tallahassee bureau, expects Irma’s tropical-force winds and driving rains to mimic Hurricane Hermine last summer.

“Hermine was not an extremely fast-moving system and of course, Tallahassee took a direct hit, and that was a Category 1 hurricane. So, we’re potentially seeing similar scenario that would give us similar impacts.”

Irma’s tropical storm force winds could still bring gusts greater than 70 miles per hour, Hollingsworth says, and that means the same downed tree limbs and power lines and extensive power outages. She urges residents to remove potential flying debris from their yards.