Hermine’s Aftermath Still Hampering Cedar Key

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Cedar Key is moving forward with its clean-up after Hurricane Hermine hit the small coastal Florida city Thursday night and continued into Friday morning.

The storm surge from Hermine in Cedar Key was 7 feet, the fifth-highest water level ever observed in the city and the highest in 23 years, according to UF meteorologist Jeff Huffman. The only hurricane to generate a higher water level in the past century was Alma in 1966.

The top wind gust at the Cedar Key buoy was 65 mph, reported just before 2 a.m. on Friday, Huffman said.

Because of flooding, the city moved its city hall to the nearby chamber of commerce. Several businesses also suffered storm-related damage, including a clam farm, which burned down Thursday from an electrical fire.

Dozens of dead seagulls were also found after the storm.

The city’s mayor, police chief and fire chief had an emergency meeting this morning to discuss what to do following the storm.

No one was killed there, but one fatality was reported elsewhere in Florida: a Marion County homeless man who was struck by a falling tree.

About Courtney Mims

Courtney is a reporter for WUFT who can be reached by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing news@wuft.org.

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