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.
— CNN (@CNN) August 21, 2021
#Henri has strengthened to a hurricane and is headed for Long Island and southern New England. Hurricane and Tropical Storm Warnings have been extended eastward. Here are the 11 am EDT Key Messages. See https://t.co/tW4KeFW0gB for details. pic.twitter.com/lRb61AnHaj
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) August 21, 2021
— Michelle Muscatello (@michmuscatello) August 21, 2021
BREAKING: Tropical Storm Henri has strengthened to a hurricane as it barrels towards Long Island and southern New England, the National Hurricane Center says. https://t.co/7SNwvW6JRv
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 21, 2021
Hurricane Henri, 11am Sat threat for tropical storm conditions remains very high from NYC east through much of southern New England. Coastal hurricane force winds & storm surge near center of track, inland flooding with widespread tree damage & prolonged power outages red area. pic.twitter.com/FJiYyGLSFS
— Craig Setzer (@CraigSetzer) August 21, 2021
We are continuing to monitor Tropical Storm Henri. Here’s the latest:
-New York City is under a Tropical Storm Warning. We expect strong winds and rain to begin late tonight and last through tomorrow.
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) August 21, 2021
A hurricane is headed for the NYC area for first time since 1985.
For the 5 boros it’s expected to hit w/ tropical storm strength. Rain/wind beginning late tonight. Landfall Sund PM.
3-5″ of rain, flooding likely. Storm surge of 3-5 ft.
— Mark D. Levine (@MarkLevineNYC) August 21, 2021