NEWS BRIEF Millions of people are under weather advisories in some parts of the East Coast as Hermine continues make its way north, but the storm is not expected to make landfall in the coming days.
Hermine, now considered a post-tropical cyclone, is currently swirling hundreds of miles off the coast in the Atlantic Ocean, further east than meteorologists predicted. The storm is generating heavy rains, strong winds, and powerful waves from the Mid-Atlantic region to southern New England, which pose the greatest danger to coastal cities and beaches. The storm is expected to continue turning toward the sea and weaken by Wednesday and Thursday, according to forecasters.
The storm hit Florida early Friday as a Category 1 hurricane. Flooding forced more than a dozen people from their homes in the state, and some were rescued from rising waters by emergency workers. Hermine was downgraded to a tropical storm later that day as it moved northward.
Here’s an animation of the storm’s movements, courtesy of NASA satellites:
Hermine is a huge storm, but it’s a slow-moving one. It’s currently working its way up the coast at six miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center. Its strongest winds were recorded at 70 miles per hour.