As the Southeast picks up the pieces after Hurricane Hermine’s devastation, the once again hurricane is set to soak New York and the Northeast over the remainder of Labor Day Weekend. This after Hermine caused damage and deaths all along the East Coast.
Call it Tropical Storm Hermine or call it Hurricane Hermine, the damage and devastation left in its wake is very real. Hermine may not be nearly as bad as Hurricane Sandy was five years ago, however. Remember that one? It left the entire New York/New Jersey area flooded and tens of thousands were left without power for days.
Fortunately, Hermine has not left behind countless images of destroyed beachfront properties, roads and whole towns as well as general devastation in its wake. Hurricane Hermine was classified as such after it gained strength, but was downgraded as a tropical storm after dying down somewhat as a result of hitting land over Florida and Georgia.
But Hermine then moved back out to sea over the Atlantic Ocean as it made its way to the New York/New England area. Traveling over the ocean allowed Hermine to increase its strength once again to hurricane levels.
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At least two people have been killed so far. One man died after the tractor trailer he was driving flipped over on a bridge near Dare County, N.C. This according to Tyrrell County Sheriff’s Office, as reported by NBC.
And in Marion County, Florida, a homeless man was killed when a tree fell on top of him after it was pulled from the ground by strong winds caused by Hurricane Hermine devastation, according to a report by CNN. Just imagine the force that it takes for wind to uproot a tree so big that it can kill a human being by falling on him.
A state of emergency was declared due to Hurricane Hermine in 12 counties in the state of Maryland and four in New Jersey. Reportedly more than 250,000 homes have been left without power along the coast from Florida to as far north as Virginia, 21,000 in South Carolina alone.
And now Hermine will regain strength with winds as strong as 75 miles per hour, CNN reported. This will once again make it Hurricane Hermine. The network reports that Nantucket, Cape Cod, and New York City should all be bracing themselves for impact over the next few days. So Hermine will rain on your Labor Day parade if you live in these areas.
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As of now, Hurricane Hermine is not expected to cause the same level of devastation in the Northeast as it did in the South Atlantic region of the U.S.
Labor Day marks the official end of the summer season in America and the start of the fall season. September is also known as the hurricane season for the tens of millions of people who live along America’s Atlantic coast. While Hurricane Hermine has been relatively mild so far and is not expected to be so destructive and leave behind as much devastation as it covers the Northeast, the experience of Hurricane Sandy has caused residents of the area to always be cautiously pessimistic when a storm like this hits.
New York City has already closed all of its beaches for today, Sunday. And its mayor, Bill de Blasio, said that they may be closed on Monday too. And on Friday, the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, decided to mobilize his state’s emergency operations center.
So don’t expect to see a lot of pictures on social media Tuesday morning of all your friends and family’s fun at the beach enjoying the last big day of summer in states like Florida, New York, and New Jersey over the Labor Day weekend. And you will have Hurricane Hermine to blame for it.
The Hurricane Center issued the following warning on Saturday night.
“The combination of a storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. There is a danger of life-threatening inundation during the next 24 hours in the Hampton Roads area.”
“It’s going to sit offshore and it is going to be a tremendous coastal event with a dangerous storm surge and lots of larger waves probably causing significant beach erosion, for the next few day,” senior hurricane specialist Daniel Brown told Reuters.
All the heavy rains expected will surely keep people in doors for the duration of the Labor Day holiday and may even cause the cancellation of some baseball games. Shopping malls and movie theaters are sure to benefit from this which could help improve the poor take at this summer’s box office.
So if you live in the Northeastern U.S., be prepared for a very wet and wild Labor Day. On Tuesday morning look for reports as to what, if any, devastation Hurricane Hermine left behind there.
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