Downgraded but Dangerous, Hermine Set to Hit East Coast, 40 Million Face Threat from Storm
After pummeling the Southeast, Hermine continued to wreak havoc in Georgia, the Carolinas, and Virginia, leaving widespread flooding and damage in its wake.
Tropical storm warnings are in place from North Carolina to Massachusetts including New York City. A voluntary evacuation is already in place on Fire Island, an Atlantic Ocean barrier island on the southern shore of Long Island.
The storm has claimed two victims including a truck driver whose truck flipped after being tossed by high winds on the US 64 Alligator River Bridge in Dare County, North Carolina. In addition, two fishermen are missing off Long Island in Suffolk County, New York.
With 250,000 homes without power from Florida to Connecticut, states of emergency have been declared in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey.
Hermine is forecast to strengthen and move closer to shore although it will probably not make landfall again. It will result in more beach erosion and tidal flooding, with storm surges as high as six feet (1.9 meters). It will bring winds of 25 to 45 mph (40 to 72 km/h) along the east coast.
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