RICHMOND, Va. -- Hermine is now a "post-tropical storm". This means that while still very powerful, it no longer has all of the characteristics needed to be a tropical storm. The storm is no longer surrounded by warm air on all sides, and is now just a monster area of low pressure.
The storm is moving away from the Outer Banks and will cross the Gulf Stream, which is a current in the ocean that has warmer temperatures just offshore. This water is transported up from the Gulf of Mexico.
Water near the shoreline at Virginia Beach is near 80°, while ocean temperatures well offshore are even warmer. This will cause the system to get even stronger, and even though it is no longer called a "tropical storm", it will be just as dangerous as it creates significant coastal flooding for the Mid Atlantic and northeastern states this week.
The overall atmospheric pattern will keep Hermine from making too much progress away from the east coast. This will keep stronger wind gusts, high waves and strong rip currents locked in place for the first part of the week
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