After slamming Florida, Hermine threatens East Coast – Los Angeles Times

The first hurricane to hit Florida in more than a decade wiped away beachside buildings, toppled trees onto homes and left hundreds of thousands without electricity before plowing inland on a path up the densely populated East Coast with heavy rain, high winds and flooding.

Hermine quickly weakened to a tropical storm and was spinning along the North Carolina coast early Saturday. But the National Hurricane Center predicted it would regain hurricane strength late in the weekend after emerging over the Atlantic Ocean. The system could then lash coastal areas as far north as Connecticut and Rhode Island through Labor Day.

“Anyone along the U.S. East Coast needs to be paying close attention this weekend,” said Dennis Feltgen, a spokesman for the National Hurricane Center.

About 300,000 homes were without electricity in Florida, Gov. Rick Scott said Saturday morning.

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