As Hermine pushed through South Carolina with strong winds and heavy rains on Friday, it could strengthen back into a hurricane as it moves into the Atlantic coast over the Labor Day weekend, forecasters said.
Hermine, which was earlier downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm, could be near hurricane intensity by late Sunday, meteorologist and National Hurricane spokesman Dennis Feltgen told Daily Mail Online.
As the storm makes its way towards the East Coast it is likely to strengthen once it moves offshore on Saturday, posing as a dangerous threat to the Jersey Shore, with possible high winds and storm surge.
From Florida to New York, more than 30 million people were under tropical storm watches and warnings as the storm moved northeast, bringing the potential for drenching rain and devastating flooding.
Hermine – which tore a path of destruction across Florida after making landfall on Friday – is forecast to move across coastal South Carolina this evening and then continue across coastal North Carolina on Saturday morning.
As it pushes northeast, it will move offshore of the North Carolina coast by Saturday afternoon before stalling or meandering over the North Atlantic, nearly stationary off the New Jersey coast for several days.
‘The northeast will start feeling impacts into the weekend and into Labor day off coastal sections,’ Feltgen told Daily Mail Online.