Hermine will move back towards the coastline on Sunday night and Monday, bringing more rain and heavy winds, perhaps coastal flooding.
Don’t go near the water again on Monday. The city has once again closed all of the Rockaway beaches to swimming, bathing and surfing, although many surfers took their chances to brave the high surf on Sunday.
New York City beaches will be closed to swimming, bathing and surfing on Monday, September 5 due to dangerous rip currents, an official with the Parks Department said early on Sunday afternoon.
The beaches were similarly closed on Saturday and Sunday as the storm approached the metropolitan area, but the restriction had little impact on surfers, who hit the raging waves early and often with little restriction.
Weather experts from the National Weather Service updated their reports on Hermine early on Sunday afternoon.
That agency said that Hermine will slow and turn toward the north then northwest later Sunday into Monday, while becoming stronger. Rain and gusty winds will push back onto more of the mid-Atlantic coast Sunday night and into Labor Day.
The New Jersey coast and the Atlantic Ocean beaches of southern Delaware are expected to endure the strongest winds of Hermine, with gusts exceeding 60 mph.
Hermine is expected to stall offshore of the Delmarva Peninsula and New Jersey into at least Tuesday.
The result will be adverse conditions for days regardless of its official classification of a tropical versus non-tropical storm. At its nearest point to the U.S., the center of Hermine will be within 150 miles of the New Jersey coast early this week.
While the storm has officially lost tropical characteristics, it will maintain tropical storm strength and act like a slow-moving, powerful nor’easter. Winds offshore are expected to reach hurricane force from Sunday evening to Tuesday.
How close to the coast Hermine tracks and where the storm stalls from Sunday onward will determine the severity and location of flooding and damaging winds. Even a small shift in the track can have a big difference on impacts.
Latest indications are the strongest winds and heaviest rain of Hermine will stay offshore much of Sunday. Coastal areas of the mid-Atlantic should still brace for extremely rough surf, coastal flooding, strong winds and locally heavy rain Sunday night through Monday night.
In southern New England and across Long Island, the worst of the storm with rain, strong winds, high surf and coastal flooding will be late Sunday night and Monday.
City officials have responded to the storm.
As a precaution, the Parks Department will be installing flood barriers at the ends of beach blocks from Beach 127 Street to Riis Park, where there is no protection from the boardwalk, tonight at 6 p.m. They are asking that everybody on those beaches be off by 7 p.m. for their own safety.
Extra police and fire department resources have been deployed to the Rockaway area, again, in an abundance of caution, according to a report by City Councilman Eric Ulrich. The city has no plans to cancel public events and parades for the weekend.
“[Hermine] is expected to be a wind and storm surge event with very little accumulation of rain,” Ulrich said.
High tide on Monday is approximately 1 p.m. At that time, experts say, expect heavy winds, moderate rain and extra-large ocean swells, some as high as 15 feet high, as well as some coastal flooding.
High tide on Tuesday is at approximately 1 a.m. Wind will die down a bit, some rain, but high swells remain in play. Afternoon high tide on Tuesday is approximately 1:30 p.m. Clouds and some rain. If storm continues to hang around off the coast of New York and New Jersey, then high swells will continue.
Wednesday high tide is at approximately 2 a.m. Storm should be moving away to the northeast, but high swells should continue in its wake. By the 2:15 p.m. high tide on Wednesday, storm should be moving away at good clip, temperatures will climb and wind will drop.
By Thursday, temperatures will reach 90 degrees and all residue actions from the storm should be gone from the New York area.