As of midday Sunday, Hermine was about 325 miles (520 kilometers) east-southeast of Ocean City, Maryland, in the mid-Atlantic region - far at sea, but close enough to be pummeling coastal areas with heavy rains, riptides and storm surges of up to 5 feet (1.5 meters).
Hermine became the first hurricane to make landfall in Florida in 11 years, packing winds of 80 miles per hour (129 kph), and knocking out power to 300,000 homes and businesses. Hermine was expected to stall over the water before weakening again.
The hurricane center said Saturday evening that the storm would "meander slowly offshore of the mid-Atlantic coast for the next couple of days before churning past New Jersey and NY".
Hermine will remain a force to reckon with Sunday, as it travels northeast along the East Coast, before an expected northward turn later Sunday.
"We are already experiencing more and more flooding due to climate change in every storm", said Michael Oppenheimer, a geosciences professor at Princeton University. "And it's only the beginning".
Officials said in a news release that lifeguards also returned to duty on beaches Sunday, but visitors need to be careful because the storm is still causing rip currents at the barrier island.
The storm's latest fatality occurred when winds estimated between 60 to 70 mile per hour blew an 18-wheeler across highway lanes in North Carolina and propelled the cab into the railing of a bridge, killing the unidentified driver, Tyrrell County Sheriff Darryl Liverman told AFP.
Hermine threatens several states with rough surf and risky flooding as millions celebrate the Labor Day holiday.
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The almost 3-mile long bridge crosses the Intracoastal Waterway and is the main link from the North Carolina mainland to the Outer Banks.
Hermine made landfall early Friday on the Gulf Coast of western Florida, becoming the first storm in 11 years to reach the state at hurricane strength.
A homeless man in Marion County, in the northern part of the state, died when a tree was ripped from the ground by high winds and fell on him. Meanwhile, in Virginia, strong winds ripped the siding off a building in Virginia Beach Saturday.
In Virginia Beach, Virginia, Seth Broudy, 45, owner of the Seth Broudy School of Surf, said high winds and tides flooded parking lots by his home on Saturday.
Several Labor Day events have been affected, including Saturday's Bruce Springsteen concert in Virginia Beach that has now been moved to Monday.
"If you weren't in the flood prone area, it was like a normal day", he said. Almost 40,000 homes were in the dark Sunday and power crews say it could be the middle of the week before most power is back on. "The most risky aspect to the storm is going to be to the beaches".
The New York Post said police issued $80 tickets to at least four surfers at the Rockaway Beach surf spot.