Storm Henri is about to become a hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 110 kilometers per hour as it moves towards the east coast of the United States.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) of the United States issued a hurricane and storm surge warning on Friday for New York and the New England coast as Storm Henri strengthens in the Atlantic and is about to become a cyclone.
NHC meteorologists detailed a hurricane warning for the south coast of Long Island (New York), from Fire Island Inlet to Montauk Point, and for the north coast, from Port Jefferson Harbor to Montauk Point.
Also, from New Haven (Connecticut) to the west of Watch Hill (Rhode Island), detailed in the latest NHC bulletin.
There is also a storm surge warning on the south shore of Long Island, from Mastic Beach to Montauk Point, and on the north shore, from Oyster Bay to Montauk Point, and from Greenwich, Connecticut, to Chatham, Massachusetts, including Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard and Block Island.
Henri is on the verge of becoming a hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 110 kilometers per hour as it moves towards the New England coast.
It is located about 470 kilometers south-southeast of Cape Hatteras in North Carolina. It is 1,115 kilometers from Montauk Point, in New York.
The phenomenon is moving towards the north-northwest with a translation speed of 11 kilometers per hour. According to the most recent NHC forecast, it is expected to "make landfall in southern New England on Saturday afternoon."
Forecasters forecast Henri to strengthen in the next 48 hours and become a hurricane on Saturday when it hits the New England coast.
In addition to strong winds and rain, areas under Henry's warning could be hit by hurricanes, with sea levels rising by up to 1.50 meters in some coastal areas.
The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts that the current hurricane season in the Atlantic will have above-average activity.
So far this year, two hurricanes have formed in the Atlantic basin, Grace and Elsa, this second at the beginning of last July.
On Friday, New Englanders began removing boats from the water and taking other precautions to face their first direct hurricane in 30 years, Tropical Storm Henri, heading toward the northeastern United States.
The phenomenon will hit the states that makeup New England, including Cape Cod, packed with thousands of summer tourists on Sunday.
On Friday, Massachusetts GovernorCharlie Baker asked walkers to leave Cape Cod before Henri's arrival and those planning to vacation there to postpone their plans.
"We don't want people to get stuck in traffic on Cape Cod bridges when the storm is strong on Sunday," he added.
MEXICO IS ALSO ON ALERT
This Friday, the Government of Mexico launched a call to the population to be "very aware" of the subsequent re-entry of Hurricane Grace, which left the Yucatan peninsula the day before and will arrive in Veracruz in the next few days hours.
"We ask the entire population to be very vigilant. Follow the recommendations of Civil Protection and safeguard them in their homes," said the national coordinator of Civil Protection, Laura Velázquez, during the morning press conference of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
This Friday night, Hurricane Grace quickly gained strength to become a powerful Category 3 hurricane before making landfall again in Mexico, where flood and avalanche alerts were activated.