A U.S. ship on the East Coast, including New York, was on standby on Saturday as Hurricane Henri was upgraded to the first hurricane in 30 years to hit New England.
Forecasters warn of strong winds, the danger of flooding and the swelling of the sea as the storm retreats to the Atlantic, turning a maximum of 120 degrees wind per hour.
“Although some slowdown is expected on Sunday before the mainland, Henry is rated at or near hurricane strength when it comes to the coasts of Long Island and southern New England,” the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in its latest bulletin.
Henri is expected to produce three to six inches of rain (7.5 to 15 cents) across the region, with a maximum total of about 10 inches isolated, the NHC warned.
Heavy rainfall “can cause major floods, urban and minor floods,” he adds.
Officials in New England – including Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont – have warned people to prepare.
“All residents are advised to begin preparations for the hurricane today and pay attention to local weather,” Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said on Friday.
His country, which will close parks and beaches from Saturday to Monday, has prepared for a strong wind of up to 300,000 locals, the governor’s office said.
If Henry stays on his current path and retains power, it will be the first hurricane to hit New England directly in 30 years.
“The last hurricane to hit New England was Hurricane Bob in 1991,” Dennis Feltgen, an NHC spokesman, told AFP. This storm killed at least 17 people.
It has been almost a decade since such extreme weather is expected in some parts of the region.
“We last had hurricane clocks for Hurricane Irene area, in late August 2011,” tweeted the National Weather Service in New York City.
New York beaches were closed for swimming on Sunday and Monday as officials warned of strong winds and possible storms and flooding on the roads.
The last hurricane to land on Long Island, home to the prosperous Hamptons, where wealthy New Yorkers fled in the summer, was in 1985, Gloria.
The warnings echoed in memories of Hurricane Sandy, a more powerful hurricane that depleted power in much of Manhattan in 2012 and flooded subways.
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