Henri Strengthens To Hurricane As It Bears Down On Northeast

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Parts of the Northeast may start to really feel the consequences of Hurricane Henri as quickly as late Saturday, because the storm barrels towards the area.

Forecasters stated Henri was anticipated to stay at or near hurricane energy when it makes landfall midafternoon Sunday, which the hurricane heart stated may very well be on New York’s Long Island or in southern New England — almost definitely Connecticut. The improve in standing got here with the National Hurricane Center’s 11 a.m. advisory.

Storm surge and the tide may trigger excessive water in coastal New England as Henri strikes inland, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center stated in an advisory. Heavy rain and wind may produce flooding.

Henri was veering a bit additional west than initially anticipated, and if that monitor holds, it might have jap Long Island in its bullseye relatively than New England, which hasn’t taken a direct hit from a hurricane since Hurricane Bob in 1991, a Category 2 storm that killed a minimum of 17 individuals.

New York hasn’t had a direct hit from a serious hurricane season storm since Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc in 2012.

Huge clouds are seen as the full moon rises over Manhattan on August 20, 2021.

Huge clouds are seen as the total moon rises over Manhattan on August 20, 2021.

Regardless of its precise landfall, broad impacts had been anticipated throughout a big swath of the Northeast, extending inland to Hartford, Connecticut, and Albany, New York, and eastward to Cape Cod, which is teeming with tens of hundreds of summer time vacationers.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker urged individuals vacationing on the Cape to go away properly earlier than Henri hits, and those that deliberate to begin holidays there to delay their plans.

“We don’t want people to be stuck in traffic on the Cape Cod bridges when the storm is in full force on Sunday,” he stated.

With a prime wind velocity of 75 mph (120 kph) Saturday morning, Henri sped up barely to move north-northeast at 14 mph (23 kph). It’s nonetheless about 465 miles (750 kilometers) south of Montauk on New York’s Long Island.

Gov. Ned Lamont warned Connecticut residents they need to put together to “shelter in place” from Sunday afternoon by a minimum of Monday morning because the state braces for the primary attainable direct hit from a hurricane in a long time.

A man walks on Boylston Street in Boston, Massachussetts on Thursday, August 19, 2021. 

A person walks on Boylston Street in Boston, Massachussetts on Thursday, August 19, 2021. 

“This storm is extremely worrisome,” stated Michael Finkelstein, police chief and emergency administration director in East Lyme, Connecticut. “We haven’t been down this road in quite a while and there’s no doubt that we and the rest of New England would have some real difficulties with a direct hit from a hurricane.”

The hurricane heart storm surge between three and 5 toes (1 to 1.5 meters) was attainable with Henri from Flushing, New York, to Chatham, Massachusetts; and for elements of the North Shore and South Shore of Long Island.

Rainfall between three to six inches (7.5 to 15 centimeters) was anticipated Sunday by Monday over the Northeast.

The climate service warned of the potential for damaging winds and widespread coastal flooding from Henri, and officers in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York cautioned that individuals may lose energy for per week and even longer. Authorities urged individuals to safe their boats, gasoline up their automobiles and fill up on canned items.

New York state park officers had been constructing a wall of sand alongside the boardwalk at Jones Beach to guard it in opposition to surging tides, stated George Gorman, the regional director for state parks on Long Island. The wall was being constructed with tools procured within the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which induced substantial injury to seashores that took months to reopen, he stated.

This OES-16 East GeoColor satellite image taken Friday, Aug. 20, 2021 and provided by NOAA, shows Henri in the Atlantic Ocean

This OES-16 East GeoColor satellite tv for pc picture taken Friday, Aug. 20, 2021 and offered by NOAA, exhibits Henri within the Atlantic Ocean. 

Campgrounds had been anticipated to be closed beginning Saturday afternoon and stay off limits till Tuesday.

At Safe Harbor Marina in coastal Plymouth, Massachusetts, Steve Berlo was among the many many boaters having their vessels pulled out of the water forward of the storm.

“It’s rare, but when it happens, you want to be sure you’re ready,” stated Berlo, 54. “Got to protect our second home.”

In the Hamptons, the superstar playground on Long Island’s east finish, officers warned of harmful rip currents and flooding that’s more likely to flip streets, like mansion-lined Dune Road on the Atlantic coast, into lagoons.

Ryan Murphy, the emergency administration administrator for the Town of Southampton, stated that whereas the storm’s monitor continues to evolve, “we have to plan as if it’s going to be like a Category 1 hurricane that would be hitting us.”

Eaton-Robb reported from Columbia, Connecticut. Associated Press writers Michael R. Sisak and Bobby Caina Calvan in New York, Tom Foreman Jr. in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and William J. Kole in Warwick, Rhode Island, contributed to this report.


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