Monday, September 05, 2016

Hermine blasts the Outer Banks - spares Jersey Shore

Major flooding was reported on Hatteras Island, North Carolina this past weekend from tropical storm Hermine. (TWC)
After hammering the Outer Banks of North Carolina through Sunday morning, Hermine is drifting slowly north this morning, 305 miles southeast of Long Island, New York. The Jersey Shore is breathing a cautious sigh of relief on this Labour Day Monday, having been spared so far. The storm continues to show signs of strengthening, currently with 70mph winds. Tropical storm warnings are posted for the Long Island coast, as well as eastern Massachusetts. High surf advisories are posted northwards into New Hampshire and Maine. Interests in Nova Scotia and coastal New Brunswick should continue to monitor Hermine.
Highway 12 on Hatteras Island, North Carolina, under water on Saturday, September 3. (AP Photo)
This storm has been difficult to forecast since day one. Hermine is expected to meander off the east coast through at least Wednesday, before moving northeast, south of Atlantic Canada, and out to sea. The threat for heavy surf continues today for the northeast US coastline from Delaware to Maine, but little inland effects are expected at this time. The catastrophic flooding forecast for the Jersey Shore has not materialized at this time. However there is still a risk of high surf and flooding at each high tide through mid-week from New Jersey northward. Residents are urged to continue to monitor this fickle storm.

Hermine is blamed for at least two deaths, one in Florida and a second on the Outer Banks. The storm blasted the Outer Banks on Saturday, with winds in excess of 80mph and severe flooding. Water was 5 feet deep in several villages on Hatteras Island after the Pamlico Sound spilled onto the island on the back side of Hermine. Roads were submerged and homes and businesses took on water. Conditions are slowly improving on the Outer Banks today, as crews begin yet another major clean-up of coastal Highway 12. Further north, dunes were destroyed in Nags Head and Kitty Hawk, with severe beach erosion reported.

Meanwhile, the weather is perfect here in southern Quebec. What you see is basically what you can expect through mid-week. Strong high pressure is keeping Hermine off the coast, providing spectacular sunshine and warm temperatures in the upper 20s. This is followed by cool, crisp nights, with lows in the lower teens.

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