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Preparations for a storm became more urgent on August 21 as the newly improved Hurricane Henri moved closer to the northeast.
The last track of the storm collided with a long stretch of coast on August 22, with hurricane warnings extending from near the old whaling port of New Bedford, Mass. Through the luxurious beachfront estates from the New York Hamptons, right up to the summer getaway. of the Isle of Fire.
Intense winds and potentially dangerous tidal waves were expected as far east as Cape Cod and as far west as the Jersey Shore, and utilities have warned that the power outages that s ‘could last a week or even longer.
An OES-16 East GeoColor satellite image of Hurricane Henri provided by NOAA via Associated Press.
Henri was veering a bit further west than originally planned, and if that trail holds up he would have east of Long Island in his bull’s eye rather than New England, which was not directly affected. by a hurricane since the deadly Hurricane Bob in 1991.
New York has not been directly affected by a powerful cyclone since Super Storm Sandy wreaked havoc in 2012. Some of that storm’s most significant repairs have been completed, but many projects designed to protect against future ones. storms remain unfinished.
Residents and visitors to Fire Island, a narrow strip of sandy villages barely above sea level off the south coast of Long Island, have been urged to evacuate. The last boats were scheduled to leave at 10:40 pm EDT on August 21; after that, officials said, there may be no way out for those who decide to weather the storm.
“If they don’t leave the island today, they will be stuck on the island and we don’t know what kind of conditions they may face. But they could be difficult. They could be dangerous, ”said Steve Bellone, Suffolk County Director.
– NWS North East RFC (@NWSNERFC) August 21, 2021
Governor Andrew Cuomo pleaded with New York residents to make last-minute preparations, warning that Henry’s heavy rains, winds and storm surges could be as devastating as Super Storm Sandy in parts of the country. State.
“We have short notice. We’re talking about tomorrow, ”Cuomo said. “So if you have to move, if you have to stock up, if you have to go to higher ground, it has to be today. Please.”
Service on some eastern branches of the Long Island Rail Road, a major commuter rail system, will be suspended at midnight, Cuomo said.
The governor, who will step down in two days following a sexual harassment scandal, has warned heavy rains are expected to create problems as far as the Hudson River Valley.
With a maximum wind speed of 75 mph on August 21, Henri accelerated to move north-northeast to 17 mph in the afternoon. It’s still about 395 miles south of Montauk Point on Long Island in New York City.
Southampton City Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said the city is considering issuing a voluntary evacuation notice for around 6,000 people. He said current storm models show the center of the storm to be “right in the city of Southampton”. He described a race with supplies like batteries and flashlights as people “start to wake up.”
“Right now it looks like a sunny summer day, but, you know, at this time tomorrow, we’re going to be in the middle of a potentially severe hurricane,” he said.
Regardless of its exact landing, large impacts were expected over much of the northeast, extending inland as far as Hartford, Connecticut; and Albany, NY; and east to Cape Cod, which is teeming with tens of thousands of summer tourists.
A storm surge between 3 and 5 feet is possible from Flushing, NY, to Chatham, Mass., And parts of the north and south rims of Long Island, the hurricane center said.
Precipitation between 3 and 6 inches is expected from August 22 to 23.
Rob Edwards, from Newport, RI, adds additional lines to secure his boat at the Goat Island Marina. (Stew Milne / Associated press)
The Weather Service has warned of the potential for damaging winds and widespread coastal flooding, and officials in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York City have warned people could lose power for days. Authorities have advised people to secure their boats, refuel their vehicles and stock up on canned food.
Gov. Ned Lamont warned Connecticut residents they should prepare to “shelter in place” from the afternoon of August 22 to the morning of August 23 as the state braces for the first possible direct hit hurricane for decades.
In the Hamptons, the celebrity playground on the eastern end of Long Island, officials have warned of dangerous currents and flooding that could turn streets like the mansion-lined Dune Road into lagoons.
“We have a lot of rich people. There is no doubt that we do, but everyone comes together in an emergency, ”said Schneiderman. “So, you know, yeah, there are people hanging out on their yachts right now drinking martinis, but they’re also starting to talk about this storm and I’m sure they’re going to want to be of assistance.”
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