Tropical Storm Hermine, which pummeled Florida and southern states as a hurricane turned tropical storm, is headed up the East Coast.

Atlantic Coast states are bracing for strong winds and significant rain and possible flooding, according to numerous reports. Weather forecasters this morning were including Rhode Island’s Watch Hill (Westerly) area among those that could experience some of the more severe conditions. The storm is expected to hit this area early next week. Westerly beach areas were among those that suffered major damage during super storm Sandy, with some businesses still not completely recovered from that storm’s damage.

According to the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) they are preparing for Tropical Hermine’s anticipated impact on Rhode Island over the next couple of days.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for Southern New England which projects the storm to make to makes its closest approach to Southern New England early Wednesday morning. The NWS is uncertain how far north Hermine with travel and strengthen. Coastal and marine hazards will be the biggest impacts including high surf, dangerous rip currents, beach erosion, and high winds. Scattered debris and downed power-lines possible.

Expected Rainfall 1 to 2 inches Sunday night through Tuesday with a low probability of 2 to 4 inches. Rain could last until late Wednesday night.

Coastal / Marine High surf and dangerous rip currents from Sunday into Wednesday. High risk for rip currents across beaches beginning late today lasting into the middle of next week. Easterly wind gusts to 45 kts and seas building to 15 to 20 ft over southern waters Sunday into early Monday.

Travel Conditions Tropical Hermine could impact holiday travel. Continue to monitor travel outlets for updates.

RIEMA encourages Rhode Islanders to register for the following;

  • Code Red – provides emergency alerts and information. Code Red registration is located on www.riema.ri.gov
  • Rhode Island Special Needs Emergency Registry – allows police, fire, and other first responders in your community better prepare for and respond to your needs during a hurricane, storm, or other emergency. Registration is located on https://kidsnet.health.ri.gov/emregistry/form.htm

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).