- REUTERS/Phil Sears
Hurricane Hermine weakened into a tropical storm after making landfall in Florida early Friday morning.
Weather.com reports that Hermine killed one man in Marion County when high winds knocked over a tree that struck his tent in a homeless camp. At least 18 people were rescued from flood waters, and more than 226,000 left without power.
Hermine, still a powerful tropical storm, is dumping rain on Georgia, Flordia, and the Carolinas Friday afternoon as it marches up the East Coast. The NOAA’s National Hurricane Center has issues tropical storm watches for parts of Delaware, New Jersey, Long Island, New York City, and Connecticut. It could reach the northeast as soon as Saturday night.
The storm won’t be devastating on the order of Hurricane Sandy. But atmospheric conditions seem poised to trap the storm against the New Jersey and Long Island shores. The result could be tropical depression (aka really nasty storm) or even tropical storm conditions through Wednesday.
That could lead to a nasty week, particularly along the Jersey Shore, with stormy weather lasting from early Sunday morning to Wednesday.