A tropical storm is defined as a storm with winds from 39 miles per hour up to 73 miles per hour. Unfortunately, the term says nothing else about where on the scale the winds will be, how much rain there will be or what the seas will do during one of these systems.
As it often is with animals, once we give a name to something it becomes more important. In the case of a tropical system, that may or may not be true. The recent rain in Louisiana from an unnamed system brought more flooding, death and destruction than Hermine is likely to create.
With that as background, Hermine will be a factor in our weather through the middle of next week, but don't let the fact it is a named storm -- or the tropical storm watches — create a sense this is somehow a big storm for our area. That said, tropical storms can cause immense damage and casualties. Irene was a tropical storm and left parts of Vermont in ruin from her rains. In other words, every storm is different.
Hermine will move to a position off the mid-Atlantic coast this weekend and then remain there through early next week before moving north, passing near our area and then head out to sea. We will likely have at least one period of showers or some tropical rains Monday, and then some more wind around Tuesday night or Wednesday as the storm passes closest to the region.
Today: Sunny with high clouds and pleasant. Low levels of humidity. Highs in the 70s.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 50s to lower 60s.
Sunday: Partly sunny, some showers possible over the south coast in the afternoon. A high of 72-77. The warmest and sunniest areas will be north and west of Route 495.
Monday: Cloudy with scattered showers and possible downpours. Highs in the upper 60s to mid 70s. Winds could reach 39 miles per hour or higher.
Tuesday: Changeable skies from cloudy to partly sunny at times, a few showers. Still windy, especially within 5-10 miles of the coast. Highs in the 70s.