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Tropical storm Hermine predicted to stay off the Connecticut coast

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Hermine, once a category 1 hurricane and now a tropical storm, moved towards North Carolina Friday night.

While it's still expected to trek northward, meteorologist Mark Dixon said an area of high pressure may block, or at least slow, it's progression.

Still, a tropical storm watch has been posted for the entire Connecticut shoreline.

In anticipation of the storm, Eyewitness News has declared an Early Warning Weather Day.

Dixon said an area of high pressure is very much in play and deflecting the wet weather from working up in the state's direction.

Currently, Tropical Storm Hermine has sustained winds of 50 mph and it's moving north-northeast at about 20 mph.

“Hermine will slow down and meander of the coast of south and east New England for several days next week,” said chief meteorologist Bruce Deprest.

Track the storm here.

By Wednesday afternoon it will get to the south and east of Cape Cod with winds of 60 mph.

However, it is unclear the impact it will have on the state's coastline.

"Connecticut is within the cone of uncertainty as far as the track goes so it's not guaranteed that it's going to stay entirely to the south of Connecticut but it is looking that way right now," said Deprest.

There is expected to be low impact for inland flooding and wind damage.

The threat for storm surge and coastal flooding is higher.

Deprest warned that boaters and swimmers should be careful of high waves and a very dangerous rip tide.

In Connecticut, Saturday will begin with sunshine; however, cloudiness will overspread the state as a result of Hermine.

Temperatures will be cool in the morning with lows in the 50s. By the afternoon, it'll reach the mid-70s.

Deprest said given what he knows, Sunday will be a mainly cloudy day, with the best chances of rain coming Sunday night and Monday.

Regardless of how the storm plays out, the wind will be increasing.

Late in the day on Sunday, some showers may overspread the state, but meteorologist Mark Dixon said the day doesn't look like a washout.

"Additionally, Labor Day doesn't look too wet either, just windy," he said. "In fact, some models keep us on the cusp of substantial rainfall, keeping it to our south."

If Hermine lingers offshore, as it likely may, he said water may pile into Long Island Sound. That could lead to a storm surge concern, especially with astronomically high tides.

Dixon said the high pressure could actually limit the amount of rain that we see. The state could see showers as opposed to inches of rain.

"We'll have to see how that plays out," he said.

Gov. Dannel Malloy on Friday urged shoreline residents to monitor and prepare for the storm over the coming days.

“Our office is receiving real-time updates on this storm and its path," Malloy said. "Just as the state is monitoring and preparing, the public should do the same, especially residents in our shoreline communities.

Malloy said that based on Hermine’s current projected path, his office does not believe it will have a major impact on the state, but it does have the potential to produce some gusty winds and minor to moderate coastal flooding, especially in low-lying areas along the shoreline.

"Power outages are also a possibility with this storm," he said. "This storm needs to be watched closely over the next three to four days.”

In Florida, Gov. Rick Scott called the storm life-threatening.

He warned residents that crews could not rescue people during the storm.

Forceful winds and heavy rain delivered a punch to that state as Hermine made landfall as a category 1 storm around 1:30 a.m. on Friday.

Here are some photos.

A total of 51 counties in Florida are under a state of emergency. More than 6,000 National Guard members are on standby to help.

One death was reported. Scott said a homeless man was killed when a tree fell on him as he was sleeping in a tent. He was discovered Friday morning.

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