Henry strengthens to a hurricane towards New York and Connecticut


Henry strengthens himself against a hurricane as it heads toward New York and Connecticut to pack winds of 70 mph

The National Weather Service announced Tropical Storm Henry to a hurricane.

The storm will have winds of up to 75 miles per hour as it moves northeast at 14 miles per hour.

Flooding is expected to start late Saturday or early Sunday.

Models from VentuSky show Henry developing into a hurricane before passing over western Long Island before hitting Manhattan.

The National Hurricane Center wrote in a warning that hurricane conditions are expected to begin late Saturday night in parts of Long Island and Connecticut.

Tropical Storm Henry is now a hurricane, and the storm will have winds of up to 75 mph as it moves upward to the northeast at 14 mph.

 It's still about 290 miles south of Montauk in Long Island, New York.

The National Weather Service said Henry could cause dangerous storms when expected to make landfall on Sunday.

Flooding is expected to start late Saturday or early Sunday, nine years after Hurricane Sandy hit the Big Apple.

The Tropical Storm Warning has been declared in New York City and is in effect until further notice.

The National Oceanic announced Saturday that the agency expects 2 to 4 inches of rain and "serious" flooding late Saturday or Sunday in parts of Long Island, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and southeastern Massachusetts morning.

The National Oceanic said Saturday that Henry's waves would continue on the East Coast throughout the weekend. City beaches in New York, among others, were closed until Monday.

Meanwhile, Accuweather meteorologists said Henry was expected to hit the Hamptons on eastern Long Island with winds of up to 75 mph — enough to classify the storm as a Category 1 hurricane.

Models from the Czech meteorological company VentuSky show Henry developing into a hurricane before passing over western Long Island before hitting Manhattan and continuing into northern New York.

"Heavy rainfall may result in flash floods and small streams in urban areas as well as the potential for minor, isolated large-scale flooding in rivers over parts of Long Island and New England from Sunday through Monday," the warning said.

The New York National Weather Service updated storm hours and warnings for the local area around 1 a.m. Saturday showing storm warnings for parts of the Bronx and Queens areas of New York City and the other regions.

They did not mention the size of these sudden increases, but previous New England warnings warned Cape Cod to be prepared for three to five feet of water.

A map from the National Weather Service shows that the storm is expected to hit Long Island as a hurricane.

Tropical Storm Henry was captured in satellite footage as it moved toward the northwest coast of the United States, which is located about 400 miles southeast of Charleston, South Carolina.

According to the National Oceanic Service, a storm surge is an abnormal rise in sea level caused by storm winds that pushes water ashore—measured by the height of the water above the expected normal astronomical tide.

Officials said all New York City beaches would be closed on Sunday and Monday. However, officials said that the "Homecoming" party in Central Park was still scheduled from Saturday through late Friday night.

A total of 60,000 people will gather in Central Park to see works, including Jennifer Hudson, Barry Manilow, and Bruce Springsteen.

Henry's track was inaccurate, prompting New Englanders to prepare for their first potential hurricane in 30 years before Friday.

New Englanders were seen pulling boats out of the water and taking other precautions earlier Friday when Tropical Storm Henry approached them before they seemed to be changing.

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