Tropical Storm Henri could be 1st hurricane to make New England landfall since 1991
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Tropical Storm Henri is expected to become a hurricane on Saturday as it accelerates up the East Coast toward southern New England.
Henri is predicted to make landfall in eastern Long Island and then a second landfall along the Connecticut coast on Sunday afternoon, with winds nearing 75 miles mph.
Since the coastal Northeast is very close to the sea level, these areas are prone to flooding amid storm surge, which could reach as high as 4 feet in Queens and Long Island, as well as coastal Connecticut. In Rhode Island and southeast Massachusetts, the storm surge could reach 5 feet.
Dangerous storm surge, hurricane-force wind gusts and heavy rainfall is anticipated throughout the day and night on Sunday in Long Island, Connecticut, Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts.
From Newport, Rhode Island, to Montauk, New York, wind gusts are forecast to reach up to 80 mph, and they may reach 60 mph in other coastal areas.
Hurricane and storm surge watches have been issued for Long Island, parts of Connecticut, Rhode Island’s coastal regions and southeast Massachusetts. Meanwhile, tropical storm watches have been issued for areas from the Jersey Shore to New York City.
It’s the first time in nearly 10 years that parts of New York have been issued a hurricane watch, according to the National Weather Service, which also noted that if Henri lands in New England as a hurricane, it’ll be the first direct hurricane landfall since 1991.
Fred, a tropical depression that passed by earlier this week, caused major flooding in parts of Connecticut and Massachusetts, areas that could see another 6 to 8 inches of rain from Henri.