Hernando Beach braces for Hermine flooding

HERNANDO BEACH — For the last three hours we’ve seen the winds really pick up.

Palms have bent almost to a breaking point and lots of chop on the water.

You can feel all of this wind and energy blasting off of the coast right now as hurricane Hermine blows through, but the one thing on neighbor’s minds -- what could happen to them and their homes at high tide.

“When the high tide comes in at 3 o'clock in the morning, it's going to come up and likely a lot of these houses are going to be in a position that they're gonna be underwater,” said Erin Daly who is bracing for the storm.

All day we've seen slate gray skies turn to black in Hernando Beach. Rain has whipped along the coast, flooded roads and yards, and Daly -- with her poodle mix Sandy -- told 10News WTSP she's ready for the worst.
“I know the water's going to come. I got my car out of here. We'll be on the second and third floors making sure that we don't drown,” she said.

That fear is shared by her neighbor Terry Elferdink who owns several homes here along the coast.

“Well you always got that in the back of your mind if you do get a flood you've got a lot of work to do afterwards,” he said.

The whole Hernando Beach community bracing now for what's to come in just the next few hours.

“It could flood. We could get some good flooding in the neighborhood,” Elferdink said.

“When the storm comes up, they're probably going to get flooded just like in the no-name storm that's a very serious concern out here, Daly added.

That high tide is going to hit at 3 a.m.

10News will be there as that comes in.
 


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