Although hurricane Hermine weakened to a tropical storm on Friday as it was spinning inland towards the North Carolinian coast, the National Hurricane Center predicted it would regain hurricane strength later in the weekend.
"Anyone along the U.S. East Coast needs to be paying close attention this weekend," said Dennis Feltgen, a National Hurricane Center spokesman
Hermine was the first hurricane to hit Florida in more than a decade. Heavy rains and high winds are expected as the storm moves up the East Coast.
How it hit Florida
Florida Gov. Rick Scott said at least 253,000 people were without power, NBC news reports.
Scott also confirmed reports that at least one person has died. A man was crushed by a falling tree.
Officials in Florida's Pasco County said that flooding had forced at least 18 people from their homes in Green Key and Hudson beach, according to USA Today.
Remember not to drive or walk through standing water. Watch out for flooded roads and road closures.— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) September 2, 2016
"The storm surge, by itself, is life-threatening," Gov. Rick Scott told reporters.
Evacuations are occurring in many counties. If you live in an area where mandatory evacuations are occurring, you need to evacuate now.— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) September 1, 2016
Hurricane Hermine Fast Facts:
- Tropical storm Hermine could be a Category 1 hurricane
- Warning extends all the way to New Jersey
- It will be the first hurricane to make landfall in Florida in 11 years
- Winds barreling at 75 mph
- Storm surges of up to 8 feet
- Tens of millions of people are in the storm's path
One Twitter user tweeted this photo of the storm in downtown Jacksonville.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.