Hermine is nearing hurricane strength again

The remains of a snapped telephone pole and its transformer block a road in the rain and wind from Hurricane Hermine in Tallahassee, Florida.

The remnants of what had been Hurricane Hermine swept up and along the Eastern Seaboard on Saturday, disrupting the holiday weekend in much of the coastal South while preparing to pester the Northeast long into the week.

(AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton).

Heavy rain and wind is in the forecast as Tropical Storm Hermine makes her way to Delaware.

A tropical storm watch was in effect from north of Sandy Hook to west of Watch Hill, Rhode Island. However, officials in many coastal towns were urging residents to move themselves and their vehicles inland as a precaution.

Tourists in Hawaii who had been planning an escape to a sunny island paradise were instead hit with the threat of back-to-back hurricanes, but they're making the best of their vacations. "For the first time in over a decade, Florida is facing a hurricane". But the National Hurricane Center predicted it would regain hurricane strength late in the weekend after emerging over the Atlantic Ocean. Governor Chris Christie also issued a state of emergency in three counties.

The storm touched down in Florida as a Category 1 hurricane after making landfall on the gulf coast on Friday.

At 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT), the center of the fourth named storm of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season was moving at about 12 miles per hour (19 kph) in waters off Norfolk, with sustained winds of up to 70 miles per hour (113 kph), the NHC said.

The winds and rain were so strong Saturday in North Carolina that all bridges to the Outer Banks were closed following a deadly accident over the intracoastal waterway.

In North Carolina, a tractor trailer overturned on a bridge over the Alligator River, killing the driver, Tyrrell County Sheriff Darryl Liverman said.

Scott said at least one person had died, killed when a tree fell on him, The Associated Press reported.

Hermine was expected to lose forward speed and then "meander" offshore of the mid-Atlantic coast into Sunday, the center said.

Hermine brought bad news for throngs of travelers hoping to enjoy beach time on the three-day Labor Day weekend, the unofficial end of the U.S. summer vacation season.

"I'm looking at the main road and it's a little stop and go".

He called the weekend "definitely disappointing", although his bounce house was packed.

The official forecast path shows Hermine off the Virginia and DE coasts by that point. In Savannah, Georgia, Bacon Fest was cancelled Friday and the Craft Brew Fest had to move beer tents indoors.

This morning Tropical Storm Hermine is hammering the Outer Banks and southern Virginia beaches with constant wind and rainfall. Officials advised New Jersey, New York City and CT to brace for Hermine.

The hurricane center warned those along the East Coast to keep an eye on the storm and said more watches and warnings could be coming later today. Governors all along the coast announced emergency preparations.

A medical examiner's office has yet to determine whether the storm was the cause, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said.

"I'd like 100 percent power".

Gresko reported from Washington.



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