Hermine: Tropical Storm Warning Lifted for Suffolk County


A tropical storm warning for Suffolk County was lifted Tuesday afternoon.

The latest development comes as post-tropical storm Hermine continues to weaken after it diverted from its projected path, thus sparing Long Island from the most dire warnings of pending damage.

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With Long Island largely out of the storm’s path, predictions of wind gusts up to 75 miles per hour did not materialize. Instead, Long Islanders were greeted by 50 mph gusts on the East End and weaker gusts in Nassau County on Tuesday.

Still, the Island saw several hundred power outages Tuesday morning associated with the storm. Hermine has also been blamed for some flooding along the coast, despite the storm’s diminished state.

According to the National Weather Service, Hermine’s center was located approximately 100 miles south of Montauk Point and was moving west at only 3 mph.

The storm is expected to maintain a “slow and erratic motion” through Tuesday night before moving ever-so-slowly toward the northeast on Wednesday, the weather service said.

The once feared storm has already seen a decrease in maximum sustained winds to 60 mph and it will continue to weaken over the next couple of days. The storm could fall below tropical storm force by Thursday as it drifts further away in the Atlantic, forecasters said.

There remains a potential for minor coastal flooding across low-lying areas, as well as moderate beach erosion, as well as dunes being breached and strong rip currents, the weather service said.

“Battering surf capable of causing significant dune erosion and overwashes is possible through the next couple of days,” the weather service said in its afternoon statement.

Last week Hermine made landfall in Florida as a hurricane but was quickly downgraded to a tropical storm before churning across Georgia and the Carolinas. It stalled in the Atlantic hundreds of miles south of Long Island before continuing its northward track.

The tropical storm conditions that were originally predicted through Wednesday are no longer in the forecast for most of the Island.