Rare Hurricane Watch Issued For Coastal New England

NPR reports:

The National Hurricane Center has issued a rare hurricane watch for parts of New England, warning that Tropical Storm Henri will likely develop into a hurricane before making landfall on the northeastern U.S. coast this weekend.

“If Henri strikes southeast New England as a hurricane this weekend, it will be the first direct hurricane landfall since Bob in 1991,” National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration spokesman Chris Vaccaro told NPR.

Henri’s maximum sustained winds grew to 70 mph on Friday, making it “almost a hurricane,” the NHC said in its 2 p.m. ET update. Hurricanes have sustained winds of at least 74 mph.

AccuWeather reports:

Hurricane watches were issued by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) on Friday morning for a slew of areas ranging from the South Shore of Long Island, New York, to Massachusetts’s Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard and Block Island.

Tropical storm watches were posted, too, for some areas nearby the New York City metro area.

AccuWeather forecasters are projecting Henri to make landfall as a hurricane on Long Island around South Hampton, New York, late on Sunday morning. It will then strike southern Connecticut around midday Saturday.

The Weather Channel reports:

Henri has turned toward the north-northwest and is expected to turn toward the north by Friday night. Its forward speed will increase as it tracks northward Saturday.

This more northerly track will be influenced by the steering from a ridge of high pressure over the north-central Atlantic and an upper-level disturbance over the eastern U.S.

Henri’s circulation center is likely to move within the forecast path shown below, but whether this track is directly into New England or a bit farther west or just off the East Coast will be determined by the outcome of the steering pattern mentioned above. Impacts will spread well beyond this cone.