Hermine has begun its meandering phase off the East Coast, and will continue to hammer areas from the Virginia Tidewater to southeast New England with battering waves, coastal flooding and beach erosion through the Labor Day weekend, and beyond.
While this storm will likely not be nearly as large as Superstorm Sandy, you don’t need a storm as large as Sandy to be destructive, and moderate to locally major coastal flooding is still expected along parts of the East Coast.
Hermine’s wind field is anticipated to expand a bit Sunday into Monday, which means an uptick in its capability to generate waves and still a chance some of those stronger winds are able to bend back toward the coast.
Despite being a post-tropical cyclone, tropical storm warnings are in effect from far northern North Carolina to Connecticut, including Long Island Sound, and tropical storm watches extend east to include all of coastal Rhode Island and the Massachusetts coast up to Sagamore Beach, including Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Cape Cod.
National Weather Service (NWS) policy allows the National Hurricane Center (NHC) to issue advisories on and issue tropical storm watches and warnings for post-tropical cyclones when the system continues to pose a significant threat to life and property. This policy change was implemented after Superstorm Sandy.
No matter what meteorologists call this storm off the East Coast in the days ahead, the impacts will be dangerous.