Hurricane Henri on track to hit Northeast; Cuomo declares state of emergency for NYC, Long Island

Written by on August 21, 2021

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Northeast braces for strike from Henri

Henri strengthened Saturday because it moved alongside the East Coast on its journey towards Lengthy Island and New England.

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  • That is probably the most severe hurricane threat in New England in 30 years.
  • Hurricane and storm surge warnings have been in impact for parts of Lengthy Island and southern New England.
  • Forecasters stated Henri would make landfall at or close to hurricane energy on Sunday.

The northeastern U.S. is bracing for its first direct hit from a hurricane in years as Hurricane Henri continued to barrel north Saturday.

The system, which was upgraded to a hurricane with winds of 75 mph as of 5 p.m. Saturday, is forecast to slam into Lengthy Island or southern New England late Saturday or early Sunday at or close to hurricane energy, with winds that would strategy 80 mph, the Nationwide Hurricane Heart stated. 

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for components of New York, together with Lengthy Island, New York Metropolis and Hudson Valley. He requested individuals to take warnings critically at a Saturday information convention.

Threatening to deliver damaging winds, three to six inches of rain with remoted totals of as much as 10 inches and as much as 5 ft of storm surge, Henri may very well be the primary important hurricane to have an effect on the area in years.

“That is probably the most severe hurricane threat in New England in 30 years, since Hurricane Bob in 1991,” AccuWeather chief meteorologist Jon Porter stated. Bob was a Class 2 storm that killed at the least 17 individuals.

Hurricane and storm surge warnings have been in impact for parts of Lengthy Island and southern New England, the Nationwide Hurricane Heart stated. Over 5 million individuals dwell the place a hurricane warning is in place, the Nationwide Climate Service reported.

“Preparations to guard life and property needs to be rushed to completion,” the Hurricane Heart stated. 

Tropical storm warnings have been additionally issued for a lot of southern New England, Lengthy Island and southern New York, together with New York Metropolis itself. In all, some 35 million individuals have been below tropical storm warnings as of Saturday morning.

Henri was centered Saturday afternoon about 240 miles east-northeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and about 335 miles south of Montauk Level, New York. It was shifting north-northeast at 18 mph.

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 folks may lose energy for every week and even longer. 

Authorities urged individuals to safe their boats, gasoline up their automobiles and refill on canned items.

Cuomo stated he’s deploying 500 members of the state’s Nationwide Guard and putting swift water rescue groups on standby. He stated the state has additionally deployed 500 nationwide guard members and have 1,000 state law enforcement officials on responsibility in affected areas, in addition to FEMA groups.

Cuomo drew ominous parallels between the approaching hurricane and 2012’s catastrophic Superstorm Sandy, which killed greater than 100 individuals and created billions of {dollars} in harm. In New York Metropolis, Sandy flooded streets, tunnels and subway traces and prompted energy outages all through town.

However he stated, in contrast to Sandy, residents have had much less discover forward of Hurricane Henri due to latest adjustments within the storm’s trajectory.

“So if you need to transfer, if you need to refill, if you need to get to greater floor, it must be at this time,” he stated.

Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee signed an emergency declaration Friday forward of the storm, the governor stated at a Saturday information convention.

McKee stated residents ought to put together for flooding, excessive winds and rip currents. State seashores and parks will shut Sunday and maybe Monday, he stated. He advised securing houses and boats, gathering provides like further meals and water, charging digital units and making ready flashlights and turbines.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday urged individuals vacationing on the Cape to depart effectively earlier than Henri hits, and people who deliberate to begin holidays there to delay their plans. “We don’t need individuals to be caught in site visitors on the Cape Cod bridges when the storm is in full pressure on Sunday,” he stated.

Henri (pronounced ahn-REE) will stay offshore of the mid-Atlantic seashores because it strikes northward by way of Saturday. Seashores from Savannah, Georgia, to Atlantic Metropolis, New Jersey, can count on some oblique impacts from the storm, together with tough surf and the possibility of harmful rip currents. 

Grace strikes Mexico a second time; at the least eight killed

Hurricane Grace crossed over Mexico’s Gulf shore as a significant Class three storm early Saturday, drenching small fishing cities and seashore resorts because it made its second landfall within the nation in two days. At the least eight individuals have been confirmed lifeless, authorities stated.

The storm had misplaced energy whereas crossing over the Yucatan Peninsula on Thursday, swirling by way of Mexico’s predominant vacationer strip, nevertheless it quickly drew in energy from the comparatively heat Gulf of Mexico because it moved towards the nation’s mainland.

The Hurricane Heart stated Grace had most sustained winds of 125 mph Saturday when it made landfall about 30 miles south-southeast of Tuxpan. As of 5 p.m., Grace had weakened to a disturbance, heading west from 65 miles away from Mexico Metropolis at 13 mph with most sustained winds of 25 mph.

The eight lifeless included kids, stated Cuitláhuac García, governor of Mexico’s Veracruz state. As well as, at the least three have been lacking after mudslides and flooding. Energy is regularly being restored to the 33,000 who misplaced energy within the storm.

Forecasters stated Grace would shortly lose energy because it swirled inland over a mountain vary carrying its heavy rains towards the guts of the nation, together with the Mexico Metropolis area. Forecasters stated it may drop 6 to 12 inches of rain, with extra in a number of remoted areas – bringing the specter of flash floods, mudslides and concrete flooding.

“Though Grace has dissipated, its remnants will probably transfer into the japanese North Pacific by Sunday afternoon, the place it is prone to turn into a brand new tropical cyclone subsequent week,” the Nationwide Climate Service stated.

Contributing: The Related Press

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