Hazardous Weather Outlook Issued For 'Post-Tropical' Storm Hermine

Sep 5, 2016

The storm, Hermine, which made landfall last week has been downgraded from a category one hurricane, to a tropical storm, to what's called a post-tropical cyclone. In general terms that just means a lower-strength event, said Rebecca Gould, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

"Really no different than a Nor’easter," said Gould. "You might get some showers, some rain, probably not until [Monday night] into [Tuesday]. Winds along the south coast will be a bit stronger than anywhere else. We’re expecting gusts up to about 30-35 mph. In Providence 25-30 mph gusts."

Hermine is currently off the coast of New York state, so it may be a day or two before Rhode Islanders feel her full effects added Gould.

"Right now she’s hanging out southeast of Long Island, about three-hundred miles southeast, so a good distance," said Gould. "She’s forecasted to pretty much just stay there for the next day or two, before heading off the northeast."

While the storm isn't expected to be exceptionally damaging, the National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook. And Gould said strong riptide might be the most dangerous result of Hermine.

"The biggest concern we have is with rip-currents," said Gould. "And combined with the wind, it’s ideal for producing, rip-currents, and even aside from rip-currents the ocean waters will be rough. So the seas are going to be a little bit higher than you would normally see them."

Gould said Hermine could linger in the area through Wednesday.