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Handling Hermine; County, city address fallout from Hermine

Minor flooding and power outages aside, Sarasota County missed the worst of Hurricane Hermine.

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  • | 6:00 a.m. September 8, 2016
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Headed into a busy week at the Sarasota County Emergency Operations Center, Emergency Services Director Rich Collins described Hermine as the storm that was, then wasn’t — and then was again.

At the time, the system was traveling northwest through the Gulf of Mexico, after having developed into a tropical depression in the Straits of Florida earlier that week. It didn’t pose a threat to  the state until Aug. 31, when it was upgraded to a tropical storm and took a sharp northeastern turn toward the state.

Siesta Key residents woke up to flooded streets Thursday morning after heavy rains doused the island overnight. However, that didn’t discourage many residents and beachgoers from heading to the beach to get pictures of the rising surf.

Charlie Davis walked from his home on Avenida Veneccia to Beach Access 2 early Thursday afternoon. He was dressed in sandals, shorts and a long sleeve T-shirt like it was any other day at the beach, even as water lapped over his sandals and onto driveways just behind him.

“It doesn’t happen that often,” Davis said about the storm. “But it’s kind of interesting when it does.”

Later that day, Tropical Storm Hermine was upgraded to a hurricane as its outer bands dumped more rain on the Key.

“Thursday, it rained harder than I think I’d ever seen it rain before,” Davis said. “And then Friday it rained harder.”

Davis was one of the 905 Siesta Key residents who temporarily lost power on Friday because of Hermine. Even though he thought the storm was worse than any recent tropical storms that have hit the key, it probably won’t affect his future storm preparation plans.

“It’s just another storm,” Davis said.

The storm did impact many Labor Day weekend plans for other Siesta Key visitors.

Several business owners in the Siesta Key village reported smaller crowds and quieter storefronts even after the storm cleared on Saturday and Sunday. Still, Siesta Key Village Association President Mark Smith thinks Siesta Key fared well given the potential impacts of Hermine.

“We dodged a bullet,” Smith said.



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