Hermine Stalling Off Northeast, Threatening Days of Pounding Surf
Sep 06 2016 by Johnny Bowman
The storm, already blamed for two deaths, was expected to return to hurricane strength later Sunday as it continued its march toward New England.
Hermine may not have rained on the city's Labor Day Parade as predicted, but the storm is still bringing high winds and unsafe rip tides to the city, officials said.
Coastal flooding from higher than usual tides, beach erosion and risky rip currents are still expected along the 141 miles of the Jersey Shore, however.
Speaking at a news conference in Morristown on Sunday, Gov. Chris Christie warned that minor to moderate flooding was still likely in coastal areas. States in the Northeast are preparing for Hermine's wrath: New Jersey has declared a state of emergency for Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May counties.
A tropical storm warning remained in effect Sunday night from the DE and New Jersey shores north to New York's Long Island and beyond to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Island off MA, but was canceled for New York City, which Berg said appeared largely out of harm's way.
The only tropical storm warnings that remain in effect are the eastern portions of Long Island, the eastern CT coastline and the southern coastlines of Rhode Island and MA.
As of 10 a.m. CDT, Hermine was located about 230 miles southeast of the eastern tip of Long Island and was moving northwest at 6 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Sunday morning advised residents to take precautions as a tropical storm makes its way toward CT. The National Hurricane Center lifted the tropical storm warnings for New Jersey and Delaware.
Joyce Harper and her husband, of Berkeley Township, N.J., canceled Monday's family barbecue and took their three young daughters to the Seaside Heights boardwalk to "burn off some energy" ahead of the storm. "This is a much better scenario for a lot of people".
The National Weather Service has issued tropical storm warnings for Southern Bristol, Southern Plymouth, Barnstable, Dukes, Nantucket, Southeast Providence, Rhode Island, Eastern Kent, Rhode Island, Bristol, Rhode Island, Washington, Rhode Island, Newport, Rhode Island and Block Island, Rhode Island. Many beaches in New Jersey and NY plan to close Monday. But hundreds, if not thousands of people, had descended onto the beach for the traditional last weekend of summer. Members of the public should be mindful that higher than normal water levels at high tide will continue to be experienced along the coast and lower Delaware Bay communities through at least Tuesday morning and with it the possibility of localized flooding in those areas.
Hermine has killed two people since striking the Florida coast as a hurricane on Friday, September 2, before weakening to tropical-storm status as it moved northward off the US East Coast.
Michael Mann at Pennsylvania State University noted that the 1-foot sea-level rise in New York City in the past 100 years meant 25 more square miles flooded during Superstorm Sandy, causing billions in additional damage. Coastal areas will be impacted the most, Manzo says. "And it's only the beginning".
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