Hermine Set to Wallop Mid-Atlantic

Forecaster warns it could be a 'freak show' storm
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 3, 2016 7:58 AM CDT
Sandbags lie in disarray along North Topsail Beach, NC.   (John Althouse/The Jacksonville Daily News via AP)
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(Newser) – Hermine has been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm—but forecasters warn that it is still an extremely dangerous and possibly life-threatening storm that could do a lot more than ruin Labor Day weekend beach trips. It is expected to strengthen to hurricane status again as it moves over the Atlantic and the Washington Post reports that the entire mid-Atlantic coastline, from Georgia all the way up to Connecticut, is under a tropical storm warning, with damaging winds, beach erosion, and flooding all strong possibilities. The Post, among others, warns strongly against visiting Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey, or Maryland beaches. The latter state has already declared a state of emergency.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe warned Friday that hurricane center officials had shown him a "chilling map" that "shows storm surges going all the way up the Chesapeake Bay," CNN reports. "We have been told of a very strong likelihood of a life-threatening storm." In a Facebook post, Weather Channel expert Bryan Norcross warned that Hermine could become a "freak show" storm when it hits warmer than usual water off the Delmarva or New Jersey coasts, pushing ocean water in rivers and bays throughout the mid-Atlantic. In Florida, meanwhile, the Miami Herald counts the cost of the first hurricane to make landfall in the state since 2005 as one dead, 235,000 without power, and a "soggy mess." (Read more hurricane stories.)

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