Hermine will impact much of our area this holiday weekend with the Jersey Shore and Delaware beaches bearing the brunt its effects, NBC10 First Alert Weather Chief Meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz says.
Rain will move into Delaware and the most southern points of New Jersey by Saturday afternoon. It'll then spread north as the storm nears.
The Jersey Shore and Delaware beaches will see heavy rain, wind gusts over 40 mph and coastal flooding. Beach erosion is also expected.
"Seas will be huge off-shore," Hurricane said. "It'll be dangerous to go boating."
A Tropical Storm Watch was issued Thursday afternoon for the Jersey Shore and Delaware beaches. It is expected to last through Sunday.
Ahead of Hermine's arrival, rip currents will be a risk for swimmers. The storm could create wave heights of 6 feet or higher Saturday into Sunday.
Inland, rain will move from south to north later in the day Saturday and last throughout Sunday. The Lehigh Valley, Poconos and Berks county will see the least amount of rain and lightest winds.
Hermine strengthened into a category 1 hurricane Thursday in the Gulf of Mexico before making landfall. It was downgraded back to a tropical storm while over Georgia Friday morning.
Hermine will nearly stall offshore early next week, and could strengthen again, causing further problems at the shore.
Stick with the NBC10 First Alert Weather Team leading up to the weekend as the storm’s track could change.