Tropical Storm Hermine maintaining strength as it continues up East Coast

WASHINGTON, Sept. 3 (UPI) — Tropical Storm Hermine is chugging up the eastern United States on Saturday, maintaining strength as it moves into Virginia, the Carolinas and the tri-state area.

According to The Weather Channel, Hermine is headed offshore and no longer weakening as it prepares to bring coastal flooding, beach erosion and strong winds to the East Coast throughout Labor Day weekend.

The storm touched down in Florida as a Category 1 hurricane on Friday before being downgraded to a tropical storm.

Since reaching land Hermine has been responsible for wind speeds greater than 40 mph, causing damage to property including knocking a tree onto a power line and home in Georgia. Devastating flooding has been reported in parts of Florida.

A total rainfall of more than 22 inches was reported in Florida with totals as high as 13 inches in North Carolina.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Hermine is moving east-northeast at 21 mph and is expected to take a gradual turn north on Sunday.

The storm’s center is expected to emerge over the Atlantic before slowing down and heading offshore of the of the Delmarva Peninsula throughout Saturday and Sunday.

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