Hurricane Hermine pushes north

NC_hermine120902_1500x845(NBC News) —  Hurricane Hermine slammed into the Florida panhandle overnight, delivering 80 mile per hour winds, torrential rain and a powerful storm surge.

The storm knocked out power to hundreds of thousands and is being blamed for at least one death.

Now a tropical storm, Hermine continues to push up the East Coast. Parts of Georgia and the Carolinas are now under a state of emergency.

“Our goal is to be over-prepared and underwhelmed when it comes to this storm. We want everyone to please be safe,” North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory said.

Officials are also warning beach-goers that dangerous rip currents are expected throughout the holiday weekend.

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