Tropical Storm Henri could bring ‘dangerous storm surges’ and hurricane-strength winds of up to 75mph to the New York City area nine years after the Big Apple was battered by Hurricane Sandy.
The National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for New York City effective until further notice. The agency has predicted 2 to 4 inches of rain and up to 40mph winds with gusts as high as 50mph in the city.
‘Dangerous’ surge flooding is expected late Saturday or Sunday in parts of Long Island, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Saturday morning.
Hurricane conditions are expected to begin late Saturday night or Sunday in portions of Long Island and Connecticut, where a Hurricane Warning has been issued.
NOAA said Saturday that Henri swells will continue on theEast Coast thought the weekend. City beaches in New York, among others have closed through Monday.
Meanwhile, meteorologists with Accuweather said that Henri is expected to hit the Hamptons on eastern Long Island with winds up to 75 mph – which would be enough to classify the storm as a Category 1 hurricane.
Models from the Czech meteorological company VentuSky show Henri developing into a hurricane before it passes over western Long Island before hitting Manhattan and continuing into upstate New York.
‘Heavy rainfall may lead to considerable flash, urban, and small stream flooding along with the potential for widespread minor and isolated moderate river flooding over portions of Long Island and New England Sunday into Monday,’ the advisory reads.
The National Weather Service in New York updated storm surge watches and warnings for the local region around 1am on Saturday showing storm surge warnings for parts of the Bronx and Queens boroughs of New York City and other areas.
They did not say how big those surges could be, but earlier warnings for New England warned Cape Cod to brace for between three and five feet of water.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Adam Schrader; The Associated Press