Hurricane Henri is heading to the East Coast of United States, bringing with it a storm surge and heavy rain. It will be the first hurricane to hit New England in 30 years. The storm has prompted a state of emergency for Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Hurricane Henri is predicted to make landfall in the Northeast on September 3rd. The storm will be the first hurricane in 30 years and has prompted preparations for flooding and power outages. Read more in detail here: how many hurricanes in 2020.
A guy walks along Boylston Street in Boston, where Tropical Storm Henri is expected to make landfall this weekend, bringing rain and high gusts to the US’s Northeast. (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)
Tropical Storm Warning As it spins over the Atlantic, Hurricane Henri is forming into a hurricane, and it will likely be the first hurricane to strike the Northeast in 30 years.
The storm is projected to become a hurricane by Saturday, according to the US National Hurricane Center.
According to AccuWeather, Henri is expected to make landfall late Sunday in southern New England or on Long Island.
The storm is expected to hit the eastern portion of Long Island, between West Hampton and Southampton, in a region of New York known as the Hamptons, which is home to some of the most expensive real estate in the country.
By Sunday, Henri’s effects could be felt throughout New England, especially on Cape Cod, which is bustling with tens of thousands of summer visitors. (Photo courtesy of AP)
‘This is the most severe hurricane threat in New England in 30 years,’ according to AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Jon Porter.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) issued hurricane alerts for regions ranging from Long Island’s South Shore through New York City and its surrounding metropolitan area, all the way to Massachusetts’ Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and Block Island on Friday morning.
Meteorologists warn that residents in the Northeast, particularly in New England and Long Island, should keep a careful eye on Hurricane Henri’s development since the storm may bring wind, rain, and storm surge to portions of the area late this weekend and early next week.
Henri was a severe tropical storm with sustained winds of 70 miles per hour around 5 p.m. Friday, just 4 mph short of hurricane intensity, according to the National Hurricane Center. According to AccuWeather, the storm was 290 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and 695 miles south of Montauk, New York, and was heading north-northwestward at 7 mph.
Residents in Wareham, Massachusetts, are being warned about Tropical Storm Henri, which is anticipated to make landfall on Sunday (Photo: Getty Images). )
Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts advised the tens of thousands of tourists vacationing on Cape Cod to evacuate before Hurricane Henri.
‘We don’t want people trapped in gridlock on the Cape Cod bridges on Sunday when the storm is at its worst,’ he added.
East Lyme, Connecticut police chief and emergency management director Michael Finkelstein warned locals of the storm’s possible effect, calling it “extremely worrying” for the area.
‘We haven’t gone down this path in a long time, and there’s no question that a direct hit from a hurricane would put us and the whole of New England in serious trouble,’ he added.
As Tropical Storm Henri barrels toward the southern New England shore, New Englanders are taking measures as they prepare for their first direct hit by a hurricane in 30 years (Picture: AP)
Hurricane Bob, the last hurricane to strike the Northeast, made landfall in Rhode Island as a Category 2 storm 30 years ago on Thursday. The hurricane caused more than $1.5 billion in damage, as well as at least 17 fatalities.
Henri is expected to bring severe gusts and extensive coastal flooding, according to the National Weather Service. People in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York are being warned that they may lose power for up to a week. People should also secure their boats, fill up their cars, and store up on tinned foods.
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