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Hermine becomes Category 1 hurricane

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Hermine has strengthened into a hurricane that could dampen the holiday weekend in Connecticut.

Around 3 p.m., the National Weather Service said Hermine went from a tropical storm to a Category 1 hurricane.

The cold front is pushing offshore this evening, taking any lingering rain with it.

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The forecast for Friday called for pleasant but breezy weather with a mix of sun and clouds.

"Behind the front, expect dry weather [Friday] and a sunnier sky," said Meteorologist Mark Dixon. "Temperatures Friday will top out in the upper 70s, and it will be breezy with low humidity."

Saturday will start out with lots of sunshine, and by the afternoon temperatures will be in the upper 70s, with increasing cloudiness.

The rest of the holiday weekend remains a bit uncertain.

Hurricane Hermine could impact Connecticut on Sunday into Monday.

"Periods of rain could arrive by Sunday afternoon and continue through Monday, perhaps lingering into early Tuesday before ending. The wind will also pick up intensity," said Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest.

Dixon said a lot can happen over the next four days, so some uncertainty remains.

The Global Forecast System model called for the storm to brush southern New England.

The GFS model predicts a good amount of rain.

The European model takes it further to the south and east.

But Connecticut is in the mix.

"Based on how the storm evolves, wind could also be an issue as we head through the latter part of the three day weekend," Dixon said. "Some of our longer range model guidance show the storm lurking offshore through the middle of next week. We'll be monitoring and bringing you the latest as we know it!"

As of Thursday, Hermine sparked a hurricane warning for the panhandle of Florida and a tropical storm warning and watch for other parts of Florida and Georgia.

The American Red Cross urged people in Connecticut to prepare for the storm's potential impact.

“Now is the time to prepare,” said Mario Bruno, CEO, American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region. “At this point, the models are saying different things, but it is important to get ready now in case things change and the storm takes a closer path toward our state. Take the time over the next few days to have your preparedness kit and plan ready.”

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