The Latest on Tropical Storm Hermine (all times local):
Tropical Storm Hermine may be moving away from North Carolina’s coast, but the storms strong winds are still causing problems on the Outer Banks.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation closed all bridges in Dare County, which includes the coast and the northern barrier islands.
Officials say strong winds Saturday afternoon made driving over the bridges, some over a mile long, too dangerous. They say the highways will reopen once winds die down.
The strong winds were also blowing water over N.C. 12, the only highway on southern Hatteras Island.
Saturdays are usually busy with thousands of families checking into and out of beach homes.
The National Weather Service reported winds at Manteo were gusting to about 60 mph.
Authorities say an 18-wheeler crash that killed the driver on a North Carolina bridge was caused by high winds from Tropical Storm Hermine.
Tyrell County Sheriff Darryl Liverman told The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/2cd7Qmk) that the winds tipped the truck over as it crossed the U.S. Highway 64 bridge over the Alligator River around 9:45 a.m. Saturday.
The nearly 3-mile long bridge crosses the Intracoastal Waterway and is the main link from the North Carolina mainland to the Outer Banks.
The bridge has been closed for several hours, requiring drivers to make a 60-mile detour.
A climate scientist at Pennsylvania State University says that the rise in sea levels due to climate change will add to the storm surge expected along the East Coast during Tropical Storm Hermine.
Michael Mann says that global warming has led to a rise in the sea level of anywhere between six to nearly 12 inches along the Eastern seaboard.
Mann said the one-foot rise that New York City has experienced over the past century caused an additional 25 square miles and several billions of dollars of damage with Superstorm Sandy.
Mann said he expects the rising sea levels also to add up to a foot to the storm surge expected from Hampton Roads region to the New Jersey shore from Tropical Storm Hermine.
Sorry, beachgoers, the National Weather service says this isn’t a good weekend for you if you live anywhere from the Mid-Atlantic to the northeast.
Eric Blake, a hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami says: “This is a terrible weekend for the beach.” Blake warns residents that Hermine is a “storm to take seriously” with “life-threatening water levels along the coast.”
The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Hermine could bring 4 to 7 inches of rain to southeastern Virginia and the Atlantic coastal portion of Maryland as well as 1 to 4 inches of rain over southern Delaware, southern and eastern New Jersey and Long Island through Monday morning.
At 11 a.m. Saturday, the hurricane center said the tropical storm’s center was located just offshore of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Hermine had top sustained winds of 65 mph (100 kph) and was moving east-northeast at 15 mph (24 kph).
Authorities say a small tornado spawned from Tropical Storm Hermine knocked over two trailers and injured four people on the North Carolina Outer Banks.
In a news release, Dare County officials said the campground in Hatteras Village was hit around 1:30 a.m. Saturday. Four people were taken to a local clinic with minor injuries.
National Weather Service meteorologist Rich Bandy says a tornado warning was issued for the area at the time, and the damage was likely caused by a twister.
But he said it could be Sunday before meteorologists can make it to the Outer Banks to confirm the tornado touchdown.
Hermine’s outer banks continue to lash the Outer Banks. Ferry service to the barrier island remains suspended until seas calm down