Hermine, still a tropical storm, is moving toward the northeast near 22 mph, and this general motion is expected to continue with some decrease in forward speed through Saturday night. A gradual turn toward the north is expected on Sunday. On the forecast track, the center of Hermine will continue to move across eastern North Carolina during the next several hours and emerge over the Atlantic later today. Maximum sustained winds remain near 60 mph with higher gusts. Strengthening is forecast after the center moves over water, and Hermine could be near hurricane intensity by Sunday. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 185 miles mainly to the south and east of the center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 997 mb.
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT FOR TROPICAL STORM HERMINE:
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
Surf City, North Carolina to Sandy Hook, New Jersey, including Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds, Chesapeake Bay from Drum Point southward, the Tidal Potomac from Cobb Island eastward and Delaware Bay
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…
North of Sandy Hook, New Jersey to west of Watch Hill, Rhode Island, including Long Island.
Tropical storm conditions will continue to spread northward within the warning area along the Atlantic coast through Sunday. Tropical storm conditions are possible in the watch area by
late Sunday or Sunday night. The combination of a storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. There is a danger of life-threatening inundation during the next 24 hours in the Hampton Roads area as a storm surge of 3-5 feet comes ashore. Persons within this area should take all necessary
actions to protect life and property from rising water. There is also the possibility of life-threatening inundation during the next 48 hours at most coastal locations between the North Carolina/Virginia border and Bridgeport, Connecticut as storm tides of 2-4 feet come ashore. These tides will combine with expected rainfall accumulations of 4-7 inches from Southeastern Virginia and Atlantic Coastal Maryland and may contribute to additional flooding.
Hermine is beginning to undergo an extra tropical transition, but once back over open waters, may redevelop her tropical characteristics and should approach Hurricane Strength off the Delmarva while south of New England. Areas north of Virginia under a Tropical Storm Warning or Watch should prepare for conditions to worsen throughout the weekend, as should coastal areas of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.