NEW YORK — A tropical storm warning remains in effect for New York City and Long Island as post-tropical cyclone Hermine continues northward Sunday.
The National Weather service said the strongest winds and greatest storm surge may occur later Sunday night and into Monday morning, putting a damper on Labor Day plans. As of Sunday morning, the weather has been cool, dry with increased cloud coverage.
Hermine, a post-tropical cyclone, continues to follow the forecasted track and is expected to slow down as it turn towards New Jersey and New York, according to the National Hurricane Center.
A post-tropical cyclone means it has lost some tropical characteristics, but it could re-energize from the Gulf Stream. It may regain hurricane strength southeast of Cape May, New Jersey as it feeds off the warm Gulf Stream waters.
A tropical storm warning has been placed for the entire New Jersey Shore. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie declared a State of Emergency Saturday afternoon for Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May counties because "the impending weather conditions constitute an imminent hazard." He is expected to speak Sunday on Hermine and storm preparations.
So far, one person died Saturday when a tractor-trailer was pummeled by the storm's high winds and overturned in eastern North Carolina.
A tropical storm warning in Long Island, New York City, and much of coastal New Jersey to Connecticut, means tropical storm conditions could develop in the next 36 hours. Peak winds gusts of up to 50 mph, rain in amounts of one inch or more and "life-threatening" storm surges of two to four feet are among the threats posed by this storm. Areas prone to flooding should take precautions.
The warning is in effect through Tuesday morning, a reflection of the slow-moving storm, which will stall off the mid-Atlantic coast.
Indeed, by Sunday, the storm is expected to meander some 300 miles south and east off the coast, with rain and wind entering the region. Flooding is likely to begin.
PIX11's Craig Allen, who will be forecasting the storm on our 5 and 10 p.m. news this weekend, says although the storm lost its tropical characteristics, people should still prepare accordingly. He offers his take on the storm's path on his Facebook page.
Entire coastal region now under a Tropical Storm Warning. Official NHC track is still showing a stall, a wobble or loop then slow departure to the northeast...taking several days to do so.
The cone and official track have been shifted slightly east this run but [in my opinion], the only difference is that less rain would affect our region.
Damaging winds, tides and beach erosion threat is unchanged. Many high tide cycles will occur with very little chance of 'low' tide so each successive cycle will get higher until Hermine begins to pull away.
As for intensity, it is post tropical but DON'T BE FOOLED BY SEMANTICS. iT JUST LOST A TROPICAL STRUCTURE FOR NOW. It could regain it once out over the warm water. See statement from NHC.
Lets not have the same Sandy debacle when verbiage and type of storm fooled many people into thinking Sandy was no longer a tropical threat!
One to one half inches of rainfall is also expected. Here's the latest take from the National Hurricane Center.
Moderate to major coastal flooding and strong rip currents is expected along the Jersey Shore. Flooding is likely to begin Saturday night with high tide, according to the National Weather Service. Long Island Sound will begin to deal with some flooding along the shore by the afternoon.
Storm preparations for Hermine
Hermine is forecast to linger longer than other storms, continuing to have a “real impact” on NYC through Wednesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said at an afternoon press conference Friday.
"Extremely dangerous" rip tides not seen in 10 to 15 years are possible, the National Weather Service told the mayor.
The looming threat prompted the closure of all city beaches Sunday, and hopeful visitors should check media reports to see if beaches are closed Monday and Tuesday as well.
People are allowed to visit beaches, but should not "even put your foot in the water," de Blasio said, adding that, “once the rip tide grabs you, you cannot get out in many cases.”
Atlantic City officials also canceled two outdoor concerts in New Jersey.
“This storm could be very dangerous, especially for those in coastal communities,” de Blasio warned.
NYC areas at a high risk include the Rockaways, Broad Channel, Howard Beach, Gerritsen Beach, Midland Beach, Oakland Beach, Throggs Neck and Edgewater, officials said at the press conference.
In New Jersey, those living in and around Fairfield, southern New Haven, southern Middlesex, Hudson and eastern Essex could see dangers as well.
Although Hermine is not expected to again become a hurricane, or be comparable to 2012's Hurricane Sandy, de Blasio advised anyone living in coastal communities to prepare a “go bag” in case they need to flee.
“I don’t want anyone to take this one lightly. … There are some elements of this storm that are very, very troubling,” de Blasio said.
In New York City, beaches will be closed Sunday due to dangerous swimming conditions caused by possible rip currents.
Staten Island Ferry customers should anticipate cancellations or delays starting Sunday evening until Tuesday morning.
Bridge travel may be delayed as well due to rain and winds. Some NYC area bridges may implement speed and vehicle restrictions.
Residents are also urged to prepare for high winds by checking for and securing any loose objects outside their homes and using caution when driving. Those who live in coastal areas are urged to keep sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting and lumber on hand to protect their homes.
Power outages are a concern as well, and residents are urged to keep flashlights and batteries on hand and make sure cell phones are charged.
In addition to "go bags," the Red Cross recommends people coordinate an emergency plan with everyone in their households. For more information, you can visit redcross.org.
Pedestrians and motorists are also advised to seek shelter if winds pick up, as projectiles can cause serious injuries and even death, de Blasio said.
Department of Building employees have been advised to secure construction sites, and homeowners are asked to do the same.
Bridge restrictions are being considered, but are not yet in effect, de Blasio said Friday afternoon.
And Monday's J'ouvert festival has not been canceled.
People should continuously check weather reports for updates, and to see if events are canceled or roads are closed.