JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Tropical Storm Hermine is getting a little bit weaker as it heads away from the First Coast.
The storm still is packing winds of 60 MPH as of 8 a.m. It's located 35 miles NE of Valdosta, GA and is headed NNE at 14 MPH.
It is beginning to impact weather in NE Georgia and South Carolina.
Packing winds of 80 MPH, Hermine made landfall about 20 miles SSE of Tallahassee around 1:40 a.m.
The storm is continuing to whip across the First Coast, toppling trees and blowing up transformers.
The tropical system churning in the Gulf whipped up 80 mph winds that extended out 45 mph from the eye. Less severe but still dangerous tropical storm-force winds targeted several hundred miles of coastline, from Tampa to the barrier islands south of Pensacola.
Nearly 100,000 customers across the affected area have already lost power.
Conditions should continue to improve on the First Coast.
Governor Rick Scott has already issued a state of emergency for Florida in preparation for Hermine's arrival.
Areas to the west of Jacksonville could see rain of 5-10 inches, while more coastal areas are forecasted to get 4-8 inches of rain.
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