Hermine is nearing hurricane strength again

MIAMI (AP) – The once-and-future Hurricane Hermine is regaining strength as it moves slowly up the Eastern Seaboard and spoils the holiday weekend for millions of people.

Hermine has already caused two deaths, damaged properties and left hundreds of thousands without electricity from Florida to Virginia. It spawned a tornado in North Carolina and closed beaches as far north as New York.

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Hermine developed over the Gulf of Mexico and hit Florida on Friday as a Category 1 hurricane before weakening to a tropical storm across Georgia.

Hermine’s top sustained winds are now up to 70 mph as it moves east-northeast at 12 mph. The storm is centered about 175 miles southeast of Ocean City, Maryland.

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Forecasters expect Hermine to regain hurricane force on Sunday as it travels up the coast before weakening again to a tropical storm by Tuesday.

Governors all along the coast announced emergency preparations. Tropical storm warnings were in effect as far north as Connecticut.

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