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While Wakulla County Mostly Without Power, Emergency Officials Ask Residents To Stay Put

Talquin Electric works to restore power in Wakulla County following Hurricane Hermine. 99 percent of the county was without power after the storm.
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The scene around Wakulla County Thursday

Hundreds of trees in Wakulla County are down and dozens of power lines are as well. Emergency Management officials are warning the public to be cautious.

Wakulla County Emergency Management Director Scott Nelson says right now, his workers are focusing on damage assessments. So far, about 20 homes are flooded and have some level of damage and trees have fallen on at least five homes. Nelson says crews are also doing their best to respond.

“Fairly large power outage,” said Nelson. “Last time I checked, it’s most of the county….Duke energy: 5,183 and Talquin Electric is 9,576 customers without power.”

And, he says he has a word of caution for residents as well.

“Right now, we’re asking those in the low lying areas, especially along Sopchoppy and St. Marks, to monitor the river,” added Nelson. “And, for the rest of the county, we just ask that folks stay put and stay home. Please avoid getting out right now, with the amount of powerlines and trees that are down, we ask for their safety that they stay off the roadways.”

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.