Storm Regains Power to Threaten US Northeast

Storm Regains Power to Threaten US NortheastStorm Regains Power to Threaten US Northeast

Storm Hermine is regaining power as it moves up the US eastern seaboard, threatening the northeast with dangerous coastal surges.

Hermine is forecast to return to the Category 1 hurricane strength it lost as it pummeled Florida. The storm left a trail of destruction in the southeast, killing two people.

Governors have announced emergency plans along the coast as far north as Connecticut, with many Labor Day weekend events cancelled, BBC reported.

The biggest threat, forecasters say, could be from storm surges stretching from Virginia to New Jersey. They could reach up to 1.5 meters if they hit at high tide, they say.

Senior National Hurricane Center specialist Daniel Brown told Reuters, “[Hermine] is going to sit offshore and it is going to be a tremendous coastal event with a dangerous storm surge and lots of larger waves probably causing significant beach erosion for the next few days.”

He predicted rainfall of up to 18 cm from Virginia to Long Island.

At 0945 GMT on Sunday, Hermine was about 350 km (220 miles) off the coast of Virginia packing winds of 62 mph.

The NHC said Hermine could be a slow mover up the coast and may linger for days off New Jersey. It is forecast to move to about 100 miles south of Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, by Wednesday evening, and then continue to track northeast.