Hermine shifts further east in path lessening impact on New York, New Jersey

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NEW YORK — Hermine's march up the eastern seaboard shifted toward the east Sunday, which forecasters said will lessen the storm's impact on coastal New Jersey, Delaware and New York City while increasing the threat of bad weather for parts of eastern Long Island, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Tropical storm warnings for NYC, New Jersey and most of Long Island have been canceled.

This will bring slightly lower storm surge as forecasted, but life threatening rip currents and high surf still pose a significant threat along the New Jersey Shore and Long Island coast.

Surging tides from the storm could be as high as 5 feet from Chincoteague Island, Virginia, north to Sandy Hook, New Jersey.

The storm surge should be less powerful -- but at 2-4 feet, still dangerous -- along coastal areas of New York City, eastern Long Island and Newport, Rhode Island, the weather service said.

Although the shift will also impact New York City less, Eastern Long Island and southeast Connecticut could still see strong wind gusts and tropical storm impacts.

A Storm Surge Watch remains in place for Suffolk County as of Sunday night.

There are still concerns of flooding, erosion and wash overs for Fire Island.

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.

Though Hermine has stalled and lost some of its tropical characteristics, it may still bring significant coastal flooding and damage to the Jersey Shore and coastal areas.

Hermine has potential to regain hurricane strength as it feeds off the warm Gulf Stream waters southeast of Cape May, New Jersey.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie declared a State of Emergency in Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May counties Saturday afternoon because "the impending weather conditions constitute an imminent hazard."

As Hermine's track moved, Christie ordered that Island Beach State Park be reopened for Labor Day.

"Park visitors must still be mindful that rip currents and rough surf may still require that no one be able to go swimming, but if we are going to have a sunny day, people should be able to enjoy walking or sitting on the beach," said Governor Christie.

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, such as long the south shore and eastern bays of Long Island, should take precautions.

Here's the latest take from the National Hurricane Center.

Beaches in New York City and Long Island were closed Sunday.

Hermine is forecast to linger offshore of the Mid-atlantic coast for the next couple of days.

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.

You can report downed lines, outages and check service restoration estimates at conEd.com or by calling 800-752-6633. You can also sign up for text alerts at coned.com/mobileapp/

People should continuously check weather reports for updates, and to see if events are canceled or roads are closed.

CNN contributed to this report.