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State of Emergency declared in Suffolk County; beaches to remain closed Sunday

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NEW YORK — A State of Emergency has been declared in Suffolk County Saturday as beaches remain closed on Sunday in preparation for Tropical Storm Hermine.

Nassau County Emergency officials will be issuing a storm surge warning at 4:30 p.m. Saturday to residents who live in flood prone areas.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for New York City and Long Island as Hermine threatens to bring heavy rain and strong winds to the tri-state. Chris Christie issued a State of Emergency for three New Jersey Counties — Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May — earlier as the storm moves off the coast and up the East Coast.

Hermine has become a post-tropical cyclone, meaning it has lost some tropical characteristics, however it may regain hurricane strength as it feeds off the warm Gulf Stream waters.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday that all New York City beaches will be closed Sunday, warning residents to not "even put your foot in the water." Hermine may cause "extremely dangerous" rip tides that have not been seen in 10 to 15 years.