Cities Brace As Hurricane Henri Barrels Toward Northeast

By Kaelan Deese August 22, 2021 | Image Source: Washington Examiner

Tropical Storm Henri, which became a Category 1 hurricane on Saturday, is heading toward cities in New England and New York, the National Hurricane Center reported.

The NHC said the storm surge is forecast to begin late Saturday and into early Sunday, noting that parts of Long Island, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and southeastern Massachusetts are in its path.

“Heavy rainfall may lead to considerable flash, urban, and small stream flooding, along with the potential for widespread minor and isolated moderate river flooding,” the hurricane center added in an 11 a.m. advisory.

President Joe Biden approved Rhode Island’s emergency declaration and ordered federal assistance to “supplement State, tribal, and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions,” the White House announced Saturday afternoon.

Biden’s approval authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency to “identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency.”

Officials in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York warned that people there may lose electricity for a week or possibly longer, according to ABC News.

New York’s Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone declared a state of emergency and announced a voluntary evacuation order for residents of Fire Island.

“Hurricane #Henri could be the first hurricane to directly hit Long Island since the 1980s,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted Saturday afternoon, adding, “Prepare TODAY for the storm’s expected landfall on Sunday.”

Bellone said those who do not leave the island would face “potentially dangerous conditions,” later adding in a tweet that people “should make plans to leave as soon as they can to avoid potential capacity issues.”

Some New York officials were canceling events Saturday to keep the public safe from the storm. Despite the incoming hurricane, the planned “We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert,” which billed performances by Bruce Springsteen and Journey among other headliners, began as scheduled in New York City Saturday night but was cut short as the weather from Henri began to make landfall.

“We gotta get people going home because the rain keeps coming,” Mayor Bill de Blasio, who made the call to end the concert early, told attendees.

Officials in the city of New Haven, Connecticut, are also recommending some residents evacuate ahead of the storm’s arrival.

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont issued a state of emergency Friday and activated National Guard personnel to help with search and rescue, route clearing, power generation, and the distribution of emergency supplies.

“Right now, it’s a good idea for everyone to be prepared and expect to shelter in place by Sunday afternoon through at least Monday morning,” Lamont tweeted Friday.

Hurricane Henri’s arrival to the Northeast comes as Hurricane Grace , a Category 3 storm, hit Mexico on Friday night. Grace, which was upgraded from a tropical storm, also hit Haiti, which is reeling from 1,900 deaths caused by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake last Saturday.

Author: Kaelan Deese

Source: Washington Examiner: Cities brace as Hurricane Henri barrels toward Northeast