ATLANTA, GA – Now centered off the coast of the Delmarva Peninsula, Post-Tropical Storm Hermine may only give a glancing blow to New Jersey, but its course could still change, according to officials.
As of 5 p.m. Sunday night, the latest track of the storm, which is packing wind speeds close to a category one hurricane at around 75 M.P.H., is expected to remain well off the New Jersey coast, a National Weather Service map shows.
While it appears that the major damage of the storm’s rain and wind are forecast to remain well offshore, state officials continue to monitor its progress as it slows and continues moving north and off the New Jersey coast on Monday.
”Recent forecasts have shown the effects of Tropical Storm Hermine may be less severe in the central New Jersey area as originally expected,” South Brunswick Police said in a statement Sunday afternoon. “We will be closely monitoring any changes and will update our residents as the storm progresses.”
Forecasters currently believe the storm may stall off the coast and remain until sometime Wednesday, before moving east over the Atlantic Ocean.
While stalled, however, the storm could strengthen into a hurricane once again, according to the weather service.
Despite the news being pretty good for most of the state, the storm is still expected to cause tidal flooding and even driving water inland in some areas of the state.
Coastal communities could still suffer beach erosion as the storm surges at high tides, officials said.
Meanwhile, inland areas of Central New Jersey can expect a windy Labor Day with gusts of 20-30 M.P.H. which could bring down some trees and cause power outages, according to officials.
Cranbury Chief of Police Rickey Varga said he is closely watching the storm and staying in touch with the town’s Office of Emergency Management as well as school district officials as the first day of classes is scheduled for Tuesday.
“It looks as though the effects of Hermine to our area will be minimal, however we are preparing for the worst. I have been in contact with our mayor, director of public works and county OEM,” Varga said in an email Saturday. “We are prepared to assist residents with everything from acquiring shelter to managing the aftermath of the storm.”
South Brunswick Schools Superintendent Dr. Gary McCartney said he will also be watching the weather forecast for the first day of classes in that town on Tuesday.
“The normal building check plan for inclement weather is always in place,” McCartney said Saturday. “Otherwise, I would, in the case of needing to delay or close, use School Messenger to alert parents and staff.”
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