New England put on alert as it expects first hurricane in years
14:07, 21 August 2021
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.
1/3 Dangerous storm surge inundation & hurricane conditions are possible beginning Sunday due to #Henri in portions of Long Island, CT, RI, & southeastern MA, where a Storm Surge Watch & Hurricane Watch are in effect. Follow advice given by local officials. pic.twitter.com/0LFyTw9E5o