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Tropical Storm Hermine will ruin holiday weekend plans from Virginia to Connecticut

Vacationers hoping to enjoy a final weekend of summer at Mid-Atlantic beaches will be sorely disappointed this Labor Day weekend, as Tropical Storm Hermine will drench coastal areas with heavy rains and potential flooding over the next few days.

After beginning as a Category 1 hurricane in Florida on Friday, the storm was downgraded when winds slowed but still left tens of thousands without power in the Carolinas. Now it is moving northward and may pick up enough speed to be classified as a hurricane once again.

"The combination of a storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline," said a statement from the National Hurricane Center. "There is a danger of life-threatening inundation during the next 24 hours in the Hampton Roads [Virginia] area." Watch footage of conditions in nearby Virginia Beach below. Bonnie Kristian