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New England put on alert as it expects first hurricane in years

14:07, 21 August 2021
New England put on alert as it expects first hurricane in years Photo: Instagram/bransonsam

The region generally spared from storms is preparing to face its first hurricane in 30 years.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has announced that tropical storm Henry is likely to develop into a hurricane and reach the northeast of the US this weekend.

If this happens, Henri will become the first hurricane to hit the region after hurricane Bob in 1991.

Henri’s wind was recorded to reach 70 mph (112 km/h) which is very close but not enough to be classified as a hurricane since it has to reach the speed of 74 mph (119 km/h) according to the Saffir—Simpson hurricane wind scale.

The states of New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts have been put on alert. They are expecting power shortages and infrastructure damage.

Meteorologists have warned about heavy rainfalls which might result in inundations reaching 3 to 5 feet (1 — 1.5 m) of water. New England’s western part is likely to be flooded, whereas the east of the region will suffer from winds. The hurricane is forecasted to hit this Sunday into Monday.

The announcements come on the 30th anniversary of Hurricane Bob which took 17 lives in 1991. It has also done property damage worth $1.5 bln.

Meanwhile US's neighbor Mexico is preparing for hurricane Grace which quickly amplified from category 1 to category 3 and is likely to hit the eastern part of the country.