Henri Becomes Hurricane, CT Gov Declares Emergency

CNN reports:

Henri strengthened into a hurricane Saturday morning over the Atlantic on its way to the Northeast, the National Hurricane Center said. Henri, now with sustained winds of 75 mph, is expected to make landfall at or near hurricane strength on Long Island or in southern New England on Sunday, according to the hurricane center.

Severe weather warnings have been issued across the Northeast as millions of people prepare for what could be the first hurricane to directly strike Long Island or New England in a few decades.

The system likely will be felt across a broad area, from New York City and Long Island to parts of New England. Hurricane conditions and heavy rain could start in some of these areas late Saturday.

New Haven’s NBC News affiliate reports:

Governor Ned Lamont has declared a state of emergency in advance of the storm, which will enable the state to take any actions necessary to respond and protect the people of CT. In addition, the CT State Emergency Operations Center will be partially activated by Sunday morning.

Lamont requested the CT National Guard bring 200 Guardsmen to state active duty beginning Saturday morning. They will begin preparation efforts as needed for potential issues that may arise during and after the storm.