Post-tropical cyclone Hermine moving toward northeast U.S.

WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 (UPI) — Although post-tropical storm Hermine is expected to weaken Monday night, tropical storm warnings remain in effect in Long Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Post-tropical cyclone Hermine was located about 150 miles off the eastern tip of Long Island as of 8:00 P.M. Monday night, and expected to weaken, but forecasters at the National Hurricane Center maintained warnings of strong wind and rain, as well as the potential for devastating storm surge.

Hermine has moved on a mostly northward track through the Atlantic Ocean since moving off the coast of the Eastern United States, but as it moves in that direction has taken a west-northwest direction and is expected to affect the northeast coast.

The storm currently has maximum sustained winds near 70 miles per hour, with higher gusts, and tropical storm-force winds extending outward up to 230 mils from the storms center. Sustained winds of 32 miles per hour were observed as far north of the storm as Nantucket, Massachusetts.

As of Monday night, the NHC maintained tropical storm warnings for the coast of Long Island from Fire Island Inlet to Port Jefferson Harbor, from New Haven, Connecticut, to Sagamore Beach, Massachusetts, Block Island, Rhode Island, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. The NHC also said in its 8:00 P.M. update Monday night that the chance for inland watches and warnings remains.

NHC forecasters said in the update that if storm surge occurs at the time of high tide the coast of Long Island from Fire Island Inlet to Port Jefferson Harbor could be between one and two feet.

In Massachusetts, Hermine is expected to produce between one and two inches of rain across the eastern part of the state through Wednesday, including on Cape Cod and the state’s offshore island.

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