Henri’s track shifted east on Sunday, which spared eastern Long Island a dreaded direct hit, but did little to lessen the dangers of heavy rains, flash floods and storms. coastal waves.
As tropical storm warnings remain in effect from New York to Massachusetts and coastal waves remain a danger, concerns are mounting over rains inland in Connecticut, the Hudson Valley and the Catskills. Powerful groups are also striking parts of New Jersey, causing severe flooding.
This is precisely where the heavy rain groups have been installed, this is the wild card, as was the case last night with the rain that flooded New York City and, surprisingly, New Jersey.
Governor Andrew Cuomo compared the scenario facing areas north of the city not to Super Storm Sandy but Hurricane Irene in 2011, which largely spared the city but brought heavy rains to the Catskills, causing catastrophic damage.
Even before Henry’s arrival, heavy rains and Henry-related thunderstorms triggered flash floods in the New York City area on Saturday evening and early Sunday morning, giving the area a taste of the unrest to come. Central Park, where the much-vaunted Homecoming concert had to be canceled halfway due to bad weather, saw more than 4 inches of rain and the largest amount of rain ever in a single hour in New York City, 1 , 94 inches.
Brooklyn has seen over 6 inches so far, and storms have also ravaged much of New Jersey, with flooding in Newark and elsewhere even though this area is far from the storm’s direct path.
Indeed, the widespread rain shows how focusing on the location of the storm’s landing misses the larger dangers that the storm always poses, regardless of the eastward movement. The storm dumped significant amounts of rain in the east over a large area.
Authorities on Saturday urged the public to take the storm seriously, although it hasn’t received the same type of media build-up as notable storms like Irene and Sandy.
“New Yorkers, please take this storm seriously. I know the notice is short. Think about Super Storm Sandy,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a Saturday afternoon briefing where he declared a state of emergency for much of New York State. “It’s as bad as a heart attack,” he said. “The people of the state were given less notice to fully realize what could happen here.”
Cuomo declared a state of emergency for Long Island, New York, Westchester County, the Hudson Valley and the Capital District. The governor also called on 500 members of the National Guard to help before Henri arrived.
“I understand the instinct of ‘we are going to shelter in place …’ but this decision to go out could be dangerous, the governor said.
Like New York, Connecticut is in a state of emergency. Connecticut’s leading energy provider warns of blackouts that could affect up to 69% of customers and could last more than a week.
Tropical storm warnings remain in effect as heavy rain could fall an additional 2-4 inches in and around New York City, with up to 8 inches of precipitation, further east on Long Island as well as Connecticut and upstate New York. Coastal waves of 2 to 6 feet are expected, with the largest potentially fatal swells over eastern Long Island and the Connecticut coast.
The latest advisories, watches and warnings from the National Weather Service
A tropical storm warning is in effect for the south shore of Long Island from Fire Island Inlet to Montauk Point, the north shore of Long Island from Port Jefferson Harbor to Montauk Point and New Haven, Connecticut, west of Watch Hill, Rhode Island.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for Port Jefferson Harbor west of New Haven Connecticut, the south shore of Long Island from west to Fire Island Inlet to East Rockaway Inlet, Coastal New York and New Jersey to the west from East Rockaway Inlet to Manasquan Inlet, including New York.
One of the biggest problems will be the storm surge from New York to Cape Cod.
A storm surge warning is in effect from Queens, New York, across Long Island. A storm surge warning means there is a danger of life-threatening flooding, due to rising waters moving inland from the coast, over the next 36 hours at locations indicated.
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At 11 a.m. ET, Henri had maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour and was about 25 miles east of Montauk Point.
Current National Hurricane Center guidelines:
1. Dangerous storm surge flooding is expected to continue today in parts of Long Island, Connecticut, Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts where a storm surge warning has been issued.
Posted. Residents of these areas should follow all advice given by local authorities.
2. Tropical storm conditions will continue in parts of the Tropical Storm Warning Zone until this evening.
3. Heavy precipitation can result in flash flooding, urban and small stream flooding, as well as the potential for isolated minor to moderate extensive riverine flooding over parts of Long Island, New England, New England, South America. eastern New York, New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania.
4. The Henry Swell will continue to affect much of the US East Coast over the next few days. These swells could cause potentially fatal surf and rip currents.
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