Henri Could Be A Hurricane When It Hits New England
The storm has the possibility of creating big waves along the coast of Maine this weekend and throughout this coming Monday and Tuesday.
As it stands as of this writing, Henri could very well be a hurricane when it blows into Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts sometime Sunday afternoon. While the forecasted track is still iffy, Henri would then turn into a tropical storm quickly as it enters New England.
According to the National Hurricane Center, hurricane and storm surge watches are now in effect for Long Island, Connecticut, Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. Additional watches for other areas may be issued soon.
Storm swells and big waves from Henri could reach the coast of New England by later today and then continue throughout the weekend and into Monday, so mariners should take note and monitor the situation closely. The Coast Guard has set Port Condition X-RAY for the New England coast, warning mariners that winds could reach 39 to 54 mph in the next 48 hours.
As it stands right now, the National Weather Service is predicting average seas of 1 to 2 feet over the coming weekend, but that could quickly change depending entirely on the track of Henri.
As of this writing, the forecast for Saturday calls for a chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 3pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 81. Southeast wind around 5 mph.
On Sunday, A chance of showers, mainly after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78. East wind 6 to 8 mph.
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