The slow-moving Hermine storm system returned to near hurricane strength Sunday off the Atlantic coast, knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of people and threatening to create havoc with storm surge from Virginia to New Jersey. The storm, already blamed for two deaths, was expected to return to hurricane strength later Sunday as it continued its march toward New England.

At 8 a.m. Sunday, the National Hurricane Center reported that Hermine’s top sustained winds were at 65 mph, shy of hurricane strength winds of 74 mph, as it moved east-northeast at 12 mph. The storm was centered about 295 miles east-southeast of Ocean City, Md.. READ MORE