Parts of the Northeast of the United States are bracing for Hurricane Henri as the storm barrels toward the region.
Forecasters said Henri was expected to remain at or near hurricane strength when it makes landfall midafternoon Sunday, which the hurricane centre said could be on New York's Long Island or in southern New England – most likely Connecticut.
Storm surge and the tide could cause high water in coastal New England as Henri moves inland, the Miami-based National Hurricane Centre said in an advisory. Heavy rain and wind may also produce flooding.
Henri was veering a bit further west than originally expected, and if that track holds, it would have eastern Long Island in its bullseye rather than New England, which hasn't taken a direct hit from a hurricane since Hurricane Bob in 1991, a Category 2 storm that killed at least 17 people.
New York hasn't had a direct hit from a major hurricane season storm since Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc in 2012.
Regardless of its exact landfall, broad impacts were expected across a large swath of the Northeast, extending inland to Hartford, Connecticut, and Albany, New York, and eastward to Cape Cod, which is teeming with tens of thousands of summer tourists.
People vacationing on the Cape have been urged to leave well before Henri hits, and those who planned to start vacations there to delay their plans.
Connecticut residents have been told to prepare to “shelter in place” from Sunday afternoon through at least Monday morning as the state braces for the first possible direct hit from a hurricane in decades.
“This storm is extremely worrisome,” said Michael Finkelstein, police chief and emergency management director in East Lyme, Connecticut.
“We haven't been down this road in quite a while and there's no doubt that we and the rest of New England would have some real difficulties with a direct hit from a hurricane.”
In the Hamptons, the celebrity playground on Long Island's east end, officials warned of dangerous rip currents and flooding that's likely to turn streets, like mansion-lined Dune Road on the Atlantic coast, into lagoons.Internet Explorer Channel Network