Tropical Storm Hermine hit churns East on weekend
Tropical Storm Hermine drenched the Carolinas as it churned toward the East Coast, knocking down trees and causing blackouts as the holiday weekend kicked off.
Forecasters issued a flash flood watch for northeast South Carolina and southeast North Carolina through Saturday morning.
As of midnight, utilities reported about 65,000 power outages statewide, according to the South Carolina Emergency Management Division. In neighboring North Carolina, 27,000 customers suffered blackouts.
The path of the storm, which smashed into Florida’s Panhandle as a Category 1 hurricane Friday, is projected to move through the North Carolina coast overnight and head into the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday.
The storm’s outer bands could bring some rain to parts of New Jersey on Saturday night, particularly in South Jersey, but the heaviest rain and strongest winds are anticipated on Sunday and Monday. The heaviest flooding is expected during the high-tide cycles Sunday night and Monday morning, with a storm surge of 3 to 5 feet possible in Atlantic City and Cape May, forecasters said.