Pinellas feels glancing blow from Hurricane Hermine

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – An angry Gulf of Mexico looked like a frothy danger, with its white caps and, by Gulf standards, high surf.

Students from Seminole High School entered the water at Indian Rocks Beach, despite the danger. “Having fun. Why not?” they replied.

“We’re staying like pretty close to the shore so I mean, it’s fine,” Maddy Meador said.

Across Pinellas County, the storm flooded roads, including the main drag at Pass-a-Grille. In North Redington Beach a good set of boots came in handy, with water at least ankle deep in some spots, knee deep in others.

One neighbor recalled the effects of Hurricane Sandy, which hit in 2012. Sandy hit parts of the Northeast, including New Jersey. “We’ve been through this before and we have still damage in our house up north. So it kind of freaks us out a little bit,” Mary Cariello said.

In Treasure Island strong winds picked up an awning and hurled it over a house. That resulted in downed power lines.

On Park Boulevard in Seminole a large palm tree blocked a lane of traffic, until Pinellas County deputies pulled it out of the way.

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