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Sep 5, 2016 5:49 PM

Hermine takes a final swing at East Coast


Hermine is taking one final swing at the East Coast on this Labor Day Monday.

“It's a shame because we were looking forward to a good weekend,” said Bob Banick, Ocean City, MD.

The National Weather Service is calling for wind gusts around 50 mph, which could lead to power outages and localized flooding.

The tides in the Hamptons began surging early Monday morning... With police urging residents to stay away from the beach.

Elsewhere in the northeast, officials are taking no chances.

“There is a possibility that there could – I repeat could - be significant challenges, but not limited to loss of power, flooding, and transportation issues,” said Gov. Dannel Malloy, Connecticut.

The storm caused significant damage late last week when it made landfall as a hurricane in Florida, eventually making its way through the Carolinas.

On a Royal Caribbean cruise ship off the coast of Cape Liberty, New Jersey, passengers were treated to huge wind gusts with 40 to 50 feet high swells, according to one witness.

There was no damage, but there were plenty of reports of sick passengers.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said Sunday he believes his state will dodge a bullet, but still urges caution.

“The current models are showing moderate flooding at worst,” Christie said. “So I want everybody to remain calm…right now, urge people to be careful, listen to your - to your life guards."

But for residents along the northeast coast bracing for the worst, this slow-moving storm will still pack a punch -- with life-threatening flooding still a possibility.


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