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Published: Wed, September 07, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Hermine lingers offshore, bringing rough waves, rip currents


That is if the timing of the rain and wind gusts peak with the high tide around 1 a.m. Monday.

Brian Blanco/Getty Images News/Getty ImagesHOLMES BEACH, FL - SEPTEMBER 1: Doug LeFever inspects the seawall near his home at the Sandpiper Resort as he surveys the rising water coming from the Gulf of Mexico into his neighborhood as winds and storm surge associated with Tropical Storm Hermine impact the area on September 1, 2016 at in Holmes Beach, Florida. And Gov. Andrew Cuomo activated New York's Emergency Operations Center to begin preparations. The identity of the truck driver has not been released.

"These are more seasoned surfers who live for the thrill of these waves", said Kim Buttrick, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Taunton, Massachusetts.

As of Sunday at 2 p.m. ET, the National Weather Service reported the storm was slowing down, moving east-northeast at about 6 miles per hour.

Elsewhere along Hermine's path, people were having decidedly less fun.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Hermine made landfall early Friday around 1:30 a.m. EDT.

According to The Weather Channel, Coastal residents in North Carolina, Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, and New England should be prepared for potentially unsafe weather on Sunday and Monday.

The storm has a rather elongated circulation, the centre said: "Regardless of its structure, Hermine is expected to be a vigorous storm with a large wind field that will cause wind, storm surge and surf hazards along the coast".

Officials in Atlantic City, New Jersey, canceled weekend concerts and beaches were closed in several communities.

A handful of people came out to the beach near the famous Steel Pier amusement park, mostly to look at the rough seas. John Mayes, 56, was sleeping in a tent behind a gas station in Ocala, about 65 miles northwest of Orlando, when a tree fell onto him Thursday night, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said.

"I want everybody to have their power".

Virginia Beach also remained under a tropical storm warning, with the weather service saying that large and breaking waves and risky rip currents pose a threat to anyone who enters the surf. "The most frequent cause of loss of life (from tropical cyclones in recent decades) is from inland flooding due to heavy rainfall".

Forecasters say Hermine could regain hurricane force later Sunday as it travels up the coast before weakening again to a tropical storm by Tuesday.

"This is not a beach weekend for anyone in the Mid-Atlantic to the northeast", said Eric Blake, a hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

To the south, Delaware Governor Jack Markell declared a limited state of emergency for Sussex County, which includes the coastal resorts of Bethany Beach and Rehoboth Beach.

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