Aug. 19 (UPI) — Henri strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane Saturday, prompting forecasters to warn of dangerous conditions for the Northeast United States.
In its 11 a.m. AST update, the National Hurricane Center said the eye of the storm was located about 180 miles east-southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C., and 465 miles south of Montauk Point, N.Y. It had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and was moving north-northeast at 20 mph.
“A faster northward to north-northeastward motion is expected today, followed by a decrease in forward speed and a turn toward the north-northwest on Sunday,” the NHC said. “On the forecast track, Henri is expected to make landfall on Long Island or in southern New England on Sunday.”
A hurricane warning was in effect for the south shore of Long Island from Fire Island Inlet to Montauk Point and the north shore from Port Jefferson Harbor to Montauk Point; New Haven, Conn., to west of Westport, Mass.; and Block Island.
A tropical storm warning was in place for Port Jefferson Harbor to west of New Haven; on the south shore of Long Island from west of Fire Island Inlet to East Rockaway Inlet; Westport, Mass., to Chatham, Mass., and coastal New York and New Jersey west of East Rockaway Inlet to Manasquan Inlet, including New York City, and a storm surge warning was issued for the south shore of Long Island from west of Mastic Beach to East Rockaway Inlet; the north shore of Long Island from west of Oyster Bay to Flushing; from Flushing, N.Y., to west of Greenwich, Conn.; north of Chatham, Mass., to Sagamore Beach, Mass.; and Cape Code Bay.
Storm surge, tropical storm and hurricane watches were also in effect for the region.
Henri is the eighth named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season.