Tracking Hermine: Waves batter South Shore as storm churns at sea

Gusty wind, beach erosion and possible coastal flooding remain the top concerns as Hermine churns over the Atlantic Ocean south of Long Island.

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WOODBURY - Gusty winds, beach erosion and possible coastal flooding remain the top concerns as Hermine churns over the Atlantic Ocean south of Long Island.

News 12 meteorologists say the projected track of Hermine shifted a bit east, but the potential remains for Long Island to see moderate coastal flooding and gusty winds today and tomorrow.

Long Island was never expected to get a direct hit from the storm, but Hermine is still expected to stall for several days off the coast, and as it churns its bands could lash Long Island's coast with erosion and possible flooding.

The storm is nudging a bit northwest toward Long Island before heading out to sea. Exactly how far west the storm comes will directly impact Hermine's effects in the area.

A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Suffolk County, because of the potential for tropical-storm-strength winds of 39 mph. A coastal flood advisory is in effect for southern Nassau County until 1 p.m.

Rain was never expected to be a major factor from the storm on Long Island, News 12 meteorologists say. Some showers are possible over the next couple of days, but any flooding along the coasts will be the result of the storm surge, particularly during times of high tide.

There is also the potential for dangerous riptides at Long Island's shores. Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered that all of the Island's ocean beaches be closed to swimmers starting Sunday.

Hermine made landfall as a hurricane in Florida last week. It brought flooding and power outages to parts of Florida and Georgia before being downgraded to a tropical storm and churning up along the East Coast. The storm is blamed for two deaths, in Florida and North Carolina.

Stay with News 12 Long Island for up-to-the-minute forecast information and the latest on Tropical Storm Hermine's track.

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