HURRICANE AND STORM SURGE WARNINGS ISSUED FOR PORTIONS OF LONG ISLAND AND SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND

HENRI ALMOST A HURRICANE

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for…

* South shore of Long Island from Mastic Beach to Montauk Point

* North shore of Long Island from Oyster Bay to Montauk Point

* Greenwich Connecticut to Chatham Massachusetts

* Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and Block Island

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for…

* South shore of Long Island from west of Mastic Beach to East Rockaway Inlet

* North shore of Long Island from west of Oyster Bay to Flushing

* Flushing New York to west of Greenwich Connecticut

* North of Chatham Massachusetts to Sagamore Beach Massachusetts

* Cape Cod Bay

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for…

* South shore of Long Island from Fire Island Inlet to Montauk Point

* North shore of Long Island from Port Jefferson Harbor to MontaukmPoint

* New Haven Connecticut to west of Watch Hill Rhode Island

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for…

* Watch Hill Rhode Island to Sagamore Beach Massachusetts

* Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and Block Island

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…

* Port Jefferson Harbor to west of New Haven Connecticut

* South shore of Long Island from west of Fire Island Inlet to East Rockaway Inlet

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…

* Manasquan Inlet New Jersey to west of East Rockaway Inlet New York, including New York City

Interests elsewhere in the northeastern U.S. and Atlantic Canada should monitor the progress of Henri. Additional watches or warnings will likely be required later tonight or Saturday.

Here are the Key Messages from NHC regarding Tropical Storm Henri, issued at 5 p.m. EDT Friday

Hurricane conditions are expected in the hurricane warning area on Sunday, with tropical storm conditions expected by early Sunday. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion. Hurricane conditions are possible in the hurricane watch area on Sunday, with tropical conditions possible by early Sunday. Tropical storm conditions are expected in the tropical storm warning area and possible in the tropical storm watch area on Sunday.

For storm information specific to your area, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office – www.weather.gov

At 5 p.m. EDT, the center of Tropical Storm Henri was located over the Atlantic Ocean about 290 miles (470 km) south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina and about 695 miles (1115 km) south of Montauk Point, New York. Henri is moving toward the north-northwest near 7 mph (11 km/h). A turn toward the north is expected by tonight, and Henri is forecast to accelerate in that direction through early Sunday. On the forecast track, Henri is expected to make landfall in Long Island or southern New England on Sunday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 70 mph (110 km/h) with higher gusts. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles (185 km) from the center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 994 mb (29.36 inches). Strengthening is forecast during the next day or so, and Henri is expected to become a hurricane tonight or Saturday and be at or near hurricane strength when it makes landfall in Long Island or southern New England.

The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. The water could reach the following heights above ground somewhere in the indicated areas if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide:

– Watch Hill, RI to Chatham, MA including Narragansett Bay,

– Buzzards Bay, Vineyard Sound, and Nantucket Sound…3-5 ft

– Chatham, MA to Sagamore Beach, MA including Cape Cod Bay…2-4 ft

– East Rockaway Inlet, NY to Montauk Point, NY…2-4 ft

– North shore of Long Island…2-4 ft

– Flushing, NY to Watch Hill, RI…2-4 ft

Cape May, NJ to East Rockaway Inlet, NY…1-3 ft

Henri may produce rainfall amounts of 3 to 6 inches over Long Island and New England Sunday into Monday, with isolated maximum totals near 10 inches. Heavy rainfall from Henri could result in considerable flash, urban, and small stream flooding, along with the potential for widespread minor and isolated moderate river flooding.

The next complete advisory will be issued by NHC at 11 p.m. EDT with an intermediate advisory at 8 p.m. EDT


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