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Hermine makes landfall, rain pounding Tallahassee

(RNN) - Hurricane Hermine has made landfall in Florida, becoming the first hurricane to hit the Sunshine State in more than a decade.

Hermine came ashore east of St. Marks, about 35 miles southeast of Tallahassee, FL, at 1:40 a.m. ET on Friday with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph. It was upgraded to a hurricane on Thursday. 

The City of Tallahassee reported at least 32,000 city utility customers without power, and trees were down. The storm prompted mandatory storm evacuations along the coast, and a flash flood warning was in effect in Tallahassee. 

After drenching Florida, the storm is expected to move through southeastern Georgia and into the Carolinas. 

Rainfall up to 10 inches is expected to be produced by the storm. Life-threatening flash floods also may be caused by Hermine. The system could spawn twisters across northern Florida and southern Georgia.  

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency for 56 counties ahead of the storm's arrival. Bands of rain were already impacting south Georgia on Thursday night.  

The last hurricane to hit Florida was Wilma in October 2005. 

The Pacific 

Meanwhile in Hawaii, emergency shelters for Tropical Storm Madeline closed Thursday as the threat from the storm passed.

Madeline battered the state Wednesday with heavy rains and strong winds.

This, as the state prepares for a brush with Hurricane Lester, which is located 595 miles east of Hilo, HI. The storm is moving west at 14 mph with maximum sustained winds near 125 mph.

Hurricane conditions are possible over Hawaii and Maui counties on Saturday, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center reported and those areas are under a Hurricane Watch. 

The storm is expected to gradually weaken over the next two days. 

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