Hermine again gains force, threatening northeast US coast

2016-09-04 21:08
Eli White covers his face from the blowing sand in Nags Head, as the tail of tropical storm Hermine passes the Outer Banks. (Tom Copeland, AP)

Eli White covers his face from the blowing sand in Nags Head, as the tail of tropical storm Hermine passes the Outer Banks. (Tom Copeland, AP)

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Washington - Post-tropical storm Hermine is again nearing hurricane strength, the US National Weather Service said on Sunday, posing a "danger of life-threatening inundation" from New Jersey to Connecticut.

Hermine has killed two people since striking the Florida coast as a hurricane on Friday before weakening to tropical-storm status as it moved northward off the US East Coast.

Its winds have since picked up, however, and the weather service said Sunday that it "is expected to be at or near hurricane strength during the next 48 hours".

As of midday Sunday, Hermine was about 520km east-southeast of Ocean City, Maryland, in the mid-Atlantic region - far at sea, but close enough to be pummelling coastal areas with heavy rains, riptides and storm surges of up to 1.5m.

The storm, now heading north by northeast, is expected to take a northern or northwestern turn. Residents in states as far north as Connecticut are expected to feel its damaging impact.

The weather service said Hermine's current maximum sustained winds of 112km/h would probably reach 120km/h - classifying it again as a category-one hurricane - between now and Tuesday morning.

The storm's latest fatality occurred on Saturday when heavy winds propelled an 18-wheel truck into a bridge railing in North Carolina, killing the unidentified driver, authorities told AFP. A homeless man was killed by a falling tree on Friday in Florida.

Hermine was a hurricane when it slammed into Florida's Gulf of Mexico coast on Friday, causing street flooding and power outages, the southeast state's first hurricane landfall since 2005.

Hermine, the fourth Atlantic hurricane of 2016, brought bad news for throngs of travellers hoping to enjoy beach time on the three-day Labor Day weekend, the unofficial end of the US summer vacation season.

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