NEW YORK — Post-Tropical Storm Hermine has shifted east, taking with it much of the dangers it posed to the coast, but people across the tri-state area area still advised to avoid beaches and gusty winds threaten to send projectiles flying through the air.
Although Hermine is now referred to as a post-tropical storm, a tropical storm warning remains in effect in Suffolk County.
Storm surges may be up to 2 feet above ground within surge-prone areas, according to the National Weather Service. Areas most likely to be effected include Mastic Beach, Hampton Bays and Montauk Point.
Similar warnings have been lifted in New Jersey and New York City areas.
Suffolk County has “dodged the worst predicted impacts of the storm,” government officials stated Monday, and a voluntary evacuation order has been lifted on Fire Island.
Beach closures across NYC have also been extended from Sunday into the Monday holiday, and include swimming, surfing and bathing, due to possible coastal flooding high winds and rain.
"Even though the current track shows the storm moving farther east, Hermine is still a factor, and New Yorkers should continue to be prepared,” said Mayor de Blasio. “My number one concern is the dangerous rip currents we are going to experience.”
A coastal flood warning has been downgraded to an advisory across the New Jersey shore, where tides are still expected to be 1 to 3 feet above normal, PIX11 Meteorologist Linda Church reports.
Coastal flooding and moderate beach erosion may still occur, especially during high tide between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., and 10:30 and 11:30 p.m.
Flooding could continue to be a threat Tuesday as Hermine drifts back westward toward the coast, and heavy surf and a high risk for rip currents may persist through Wednesday, according to the weather service.
In Suffolk and across the five boroughs, wind gusts up to 40 to 45 mph are expected, and residents are advised to protect and stabilize objects prone to windy conditions such as construction materials, patio furniture and trash cans, the weather service stated.
Drivers of high profile vehicles were also warned to exercise caution on elevated roads.
Threats from Hermine continue through Tuesday, and possibly into Wednesday, before the storm continues to weaken and move out into the Atlantic Thursday, according to the weather service.
Hermine first touched down in Florida early Friday, and was briefly classified as a hurricane. It has since been downgraded to a tropical storm and then a post-tropical storm as it moved up the east coast.
It now "meanders well southeast of Montauk Point Long Island," the weather service tweeted early Monday.