Northeast Braces For Hermine’s ‘Dangerous Storm Surge’

ABC News(NEW YORK) --  Hermine will remain a force to reckon with Sunday, as it travels northeast along the East Coast, before an expected northward turn later Sunday.

Currently considered a post-tropical cyclone, Hermine's top sustained winds remained at 65 mph this morning, as it moved east-northeast at 13 mph. Early Sunday morning, it was centered about 240 miles southeast of Ocean City, Maryland.

ABC News meteorologist Dan Manzo says to expect a "dangerous storm surge on Sunday from Virginia to New Jersey," which will bring strong winds, coastal erosion and rip currents. Coastal areas will be impacted the most, Manzo says.

Manzo further explains what to expect: "Hermine is moving towards the northeast and is expected to turn northward later today, followed by a turn northwestward late Sunday night," he said. "It is during this time period that we expect the most significant impacts from Hermine along the Northeast coastline...Life-threatening storm surge is expected within the next 36 hours from Virginia to Sandy Hook, New Jersey."

Looking ahead, Manzo says, "The risk for major storm surge then spreads northward to southern New England on Sunday night and Monday...Tropical Storm force winds, greater than 39 mph, will spread northward on Sunday and last into Monday and possibly part of Tuesday. Hermine will then meander offshore in this area for the next several days."

Moderate to major flooding is expected in Seaside Heights, New Jersey; Atlantic City, New Jersey; Cape May, New Jersey; Lewes, Delaware; and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, during the high tide cycles starting Sunday night and extending into Monday night.

States in the Northeast are preparing for Hermine's wrath: New Jersey has declared a state of emergency for Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May counties. Connecticut governor Daniel Malloy has ordered all state park campgrounds to be closed at noon Sunday. New York governor Andrew Cuomo has activated the state emergency operations center, and coastal Suffolk County on Long Island has declared a state of emergency. New York City beaches are also closed today.

Since Hermine slammed into Florida early Friday as a Category 1 hurricane before being downgraded to a tropical storm when it hit Georgia, thousands have lost power, countless properties have been severely damaged, beaches have been closed, and two deaths have been blamed on the storm.

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Charlottesville mayor to issue statement on Robert E. Lee statue

Charlottesville mayor to issue statement on Robert E. Lee statueMark Wilson/Getty Images(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer will issue a statement Friday afternoon after canceling a news conference at which he was expected to "make a major announcement" regarding the local statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and the legacy of the woman killed during a protest sparked by the city's plans to remove the statue.

His news conference had been scheduled for noon on Friday, but the mayor tweeted Friday morning that "we are canceling today’s press conference and instead issuing a statement in the afternoon."

FYI all: we are canceling today’s press conference and instead issuing a statement in the afternoon. Stay tuned.

— Mike Signer (@MikeSigner) August 18, 2017

FYI, the reason for the change is we decided a statement rather than a press event was the best medium for the ideas I want to convey today.

— Mike Signer (@MikeSigner) August 18, 2017

The statement comes six days after a Unite the Right rally sparked by Charlottesville's plan to remove the Lee statue from a local park turned deadly.

The rally was attended by neo-Nazis, skinheads and Ku Klux Klan members. They were met with hundreds of counterprotesters, which led to street brawls and violent clashes.

A driver plowed into counterprotesters, killing Heather Heyer, 32, and injuring several others. The suspected driver is in custody, facing charges including second-degree murder.

Despite the "painful" event, "we’re not going to let them define us,” Signer told ABC News earlier this week of the agitators.

"They’re not going to tell our story," he said. "We’re going to tell our story. And outsiders -- their time has come and gone. This city is back on their feet, and we’re going to be better than ever despite this."

Signer compared his hopes for Charlottesville's recovery to the aftermath of the Charleston, South Carolina, church shooting in June 2015 that killed nine people. The gunman in that attack said he wanted to start a race war, but the tragedy instead united the city.

"There’s a memorial right now in front of Charlottesville City Hall that’s flowers and a heart that talks about the love that we have here. Those are the images that are going to replace these horrific ones from this weekend. That’s the work that we have as a country," Signer said.

"That’s what happened in Charleston. There were those horrible images of those people bloodied and killed and weeping from the church. But they were replaced quickly, steadily, by the work that started to happen. By people who said, 'You’re not going to tell our story for us. We’re going to tell our story.'

"And that’s what’s happening in this community. That’s my work as the mayor here -- is not to allow these hateful people who just don’t get this country to define us," he said. "And they’re not going to define us."

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