Officials up and down the Northeast coast warned that Hermine could wallop the region with strong winds and possible storm surge, as forecasters predicted that it could strengthen back into a hurricane later on Sunday.
By Sunday morning, Hermine’s top sustained winds remained at 65 mph as it moved east-northeast at 12 mph. The storm, expected to turn northward on Sunday, was centered about 255 miles southeast of Ocean City, Maryland.
Governors all along the coast announced emergency preparations. Tropical storm warnings were in effect as far north as Connecticut.
Hermine already caused two deaths, damaged properties and left hundreds of thousands without electricity from Florida to Virginia. It spawned a tornado in North Carolina and closed beaches as far north as New York.