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Stephen Nolan caught up in storm as US is hit by 80mph winds

Widespread destruction as Hurricane Hermine batters Florida coast

By Allan Preston

Published 03/09/2016

Residents look at Alligator Point Road that collapsed during the storm surge from Hurricane Hermine in Florida
Residents look at Alligator Point Road that collapsed during the storm surge from Hurricane Hermine in Florida
A boat is off its mooring
Homes and vehicles sit in several feet of water

Hurricane Hermine left thousands at risk of flooding and without power after it smashed along the Florida coast yesterday morning and blew north towards Georgia and the Carolinas.

Broadcaster Stephen Nolan was alarmed to find himself in the eye of the storm while on holiday in the US.

Posting his disbelief on Twitter, the BBC Radio Ulster presenter said: "Hurricane warning for Miami while I'm in... Miami. You couldn't make this up."

Discussing the presenter's stay in Florida on yesterday morning's Nolan show, Linda McAuley said: "To think of all the worries he had before he went out, with the Zika virus, the mosquitoes and the heat and now it's going to be the rain.

"But I am sure he is inside looking after himself."

Fears of flash-flooding are continuing to threaten south-eastern pasts of the state, with predictions the tropical storm could persist in the Mid-Atlantic coast for days, with strong winds creating havoc along the coastline.

It is feared at least one person may have been killed.

John Mayes (56) was reported to have been sleeping in a tent behind a petrol station 65 miles north-west of Orlando when a tree fell on him on Thursday.

Medical examiners said they could not yet confirm that the hurricane caused his death.

There was further danger in the Tallahassee area, where 80mph winds toppled electricity lines and sent them falling to the waterlogged ground.

While Hurricane Hermine was weakening in Florida by yesterday afternoon, the extreme weather was beginning to move into Georgia and North and South Carolina with flooding threats and winds of 60 mph.

The National Hurricane Center has predicted up to 10 inches of rain could fall in Georgia and the Carolinas by Monday morning.

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