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Tropical Storm Hermine

New Jersey Coast & Long Island - Sept. 4th-5th, 2016
Hurricane Hermine (her-Mean) was the first hurricane to make landfall in Florida since Hurricane Wilma in 2005, and the first to develop in the Gulf of Mexico since Hurricane Ingrid in 2013. The ninth tropical depression, eighth named storm, and fourth hurricane of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, Hermine developed from a long-tracked tropical wave that had produced torrential rainfall in parts of the Caribbean. After being designated on August 29, Hermine shifted northeastwards due to a trough over Georgia and steadily intensified into an 80 mph hurricane just before making landfall in the Florida Panhandle during September 2. Fast Weakening ensued as the storm weakened into an Post-tropical cyclone before leaving the coast near the Outer Banks. The remnants of Hermine continued to bring heavy rain and rip-currents to the East Coast of the United States, before the NHC discontinued advisories on the system, while it was situated east of the Delmarva Peninsula.
 
I teamed up with The Weather Network to document the effects of the storm along the eastern seaboard as it stalled an meandered offshore. We spent a few days along the New Jersey shore and then Rockaway Beach, New York, on southern Long Island.

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The track path of Hermine.
Waves crashing along the Jersey Shore.
The storm was very hard to predict. The computer models had a hard time with the track of Hermine.

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The sky was blue because the storm was still well offshore, but the waves were certainly whipped up by the storm.
The storm was forecast to re-curve to the west and approach closer to land.
One of the dangers was powerful rip currents which could easily drag you out to sea.

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Labor Day weekend, and the beaches should have been packed with people.

A warning at Rockaway Beach - Despite this, the surfers were out and having a great time.
The surfers waiting for the perfect set of waves to come in.

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This was the same beach I was at during Hurricane Sandy.
During this chase, we never had a single drop of rain come down. It was odd.
A large ship offshore. I'm sure they were feeling the swell out there.

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A few brave (crazy?) people dared to go out onto the rocks.
Rockaway Beach is a very popular surfing spot and people travel from all over the world to surf here.
He caught a nice wave.

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