Tropical Storm Henri Approaching Long Island, Southern New England
Tropical Storm Henri has decreased from a hurricane and is predicted to impact Long Island, New York, and southern New England on Sunday. Officials believe, however, that the region’s dangers remain high. Winds of up to 75 mph (120 km/h) and up to six inches (15 cm) of rain are forecast in sections of New York state, prompting the declaration of a state of emergency.
When the storm Henri was first upgraded to a hurricane on Saturday, Deanne Criswell, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, told CNN that “even if it doesn’t make landfall as a hurricane, the tropical force winds and storm surge may do substantial damage.”
A concert in New York City’s Central Park was abruptly halted on Saturday evening “due to imminent severe weather,” according to authorities. Around 60,000 people were expected to attend the “homecoming” concert, which marked the city’s comeback to organizing huge events following the pandemic’s restrictions.
Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, Paul Simon, and Barry Manilow were among the performers on the lineup, but their set was cut short as concertgoers were directed to the nearest exits.
Before the storm was downgraded, hurricane warnings were issued to about six million people living near the shore in sections of Long Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. Tropical storm advisories were issued to more than 36 million people in southern New England, as well as New York and New Jersey.
Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York announced a state of emergency for Long Island, New York City, and the rest of the state, urging residents to “take this storm seriously. “Massachusetts’ parks and beaches have been closed until Monday, according to Governor Charlie Baker’s office.
Officials asked “all citizens… to begin storm preparations today, and to pay close attention to local conditions” because over 300,000 people are expected to lose power.
9:00 AM EDT Tropical Storm #Henri update: Tropical storm conditions spreading inland across portions of southern New England https://t.co/tW4KeFW0gB pic.twitter.com/8ZkQ3wc9wd— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) August 22, 2021
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