The Labor Day weekend is here and while many are looking forward to a relaxing 3-day weekend, officials here on the Southcoast are keeping a close watch on Tropical Storm Hermine.

Mark Mahoney, who heads the New Bedford Emergency Management Department, told WBSM's Barry Richard they're continuing to monitor developments and providing regular updates to other city officials.

"We actually started that Wednesday afternoon and have been providing them with regular updates as we've progressed going into the weekend and we'll actually continue doing that through the weekend Saturday, Sunday, Monday until this particular storm dissipates," said Mahoney.

The holiday weekend is also arriving as Hermine is making its presence felt along the East Coast and while many folks are planning a trip to the beach Mahoney says that anyone planning to take a dip in the ocean needs to be careful.

"Individuals who may be enjoying the beaches this weekend need to be aware of the potential for riptides and strong surf particularly Sunday on," said Mahoney "and the wind part of it, we could see that Sunday going into Monday going into Tuesday."
Although Hermine was last reported as a tropical storm officials say it may increase in strength as it heads toward the Atlantic Ocean.

Stay tuned to WBSM for all the latest storm updates.