New England was last hit by a hurricane 30 years ago
Tropical Storm Henry will turn into a hurricane on Friday or Saturday and could reach southern New England by Sunday, meteorologists said on Friday.
A hurricane warning was issued Friday night for the Long Island and Connecticut coastlines. Hurricane warnings were in effect on Long Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, including Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, according to the National Hurricane Center.
However, the epicenter was reported to be below the Pacific Ocean floor; No tsunami warning was issued in Manasseh, New Jersey.
On Friday evening, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont declared a state of emergency to provide the state with the federal assistance needed to contain the storm.
In the northeastern states of Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, it would be unusual for hurricanes to bring strong winds. New England was last hit by a hurricane 30 years ago.
According to the hurricane center, Henry was “almost a hurricane” Friday evening, with winds blowing at a maximum of 70 mph. By the time the storm reached Sunday, it was expected to be at or near hurricane strength.
Warning issued as Henri threatens hurricane-strength winds from Long Island to Nantucket:
Hurricane Center said Henry was heading north at 7 miles per hour on Thursday and is expected to accelerate in that direction by the start of the market. On Friday night, Henry was 270 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.
Henry is the last of the last three storms in the Atlantic Ocean. Tropical Storm Fred reached the Florida Panhandle Monday afternoon and Hurricane Grace hit the coast of Haiti as a tropical depression before landing as a hurricane on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula on Thursday. Grace approached the east coast of the Mexican mainland on Friday.
Henry was expected to receive up to 6 inches of rain in isolated amounts of about 10 inches across New England on Sunday and Monday. In some coastal areas, there may be storms up to 5 meters in height.
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