‘Life-threatening’ tropical storm Hermine dumps heavy rain on Georgia

Tropical storm Hermine crossed into Georgia Friday after making landfall as a hurricane in Florida, with authorities still warning against life-threatening surges and flooding rains.

The National Hurricane Center downgraded the storm early Friday and continued to track its path northward. It was the first hurricane to make landfall in the state in 11 years, carrying winds of 70 miles an hour with higher gusts.

The storm caused about 253,000 people to lose power in Florida, while one man was reported to have been killed by a downed tree, according to Weather.com.

The center extended its Tropical Storm Watch northward from Sandy Hook, New Jersey, to west of Watch Hill, Rhode Island, including Long Island and New York City.

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