US East Coast Braces for Hurricane Henri

Henri strengthened into a hurricane from a tropical storm Saturday, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, bringing rain, flooding, wind, and worries to people from North Carolina to Massachusetts.Henry reached hurricane strength as it churned north-northeast along the U.S. Atlantic seaboard.“Henri is expected to make landfall in Long Island or southern New England on Sunday,” an NHC advisory said.Henri is expected to be the first hurricane to directly hit New England in 30 years.Located 290 kilometers east-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina Saturday morning, Henri has maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour.   Several extremely popular summer vacation destinations are in Henri’s path including Cape Hatteras in North Carolina, New York’s Long Island, as well as Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.  
 National Hurricane Center map showing the expected track of Tropical Storm Henri, as of 5 AM EDT Aug. 21, 20021.Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker urged tourists Friday to adjust their plans to avoid Henri.“We don’t want people to be stuck in traffic on the Cape Cod bridges when the storm is in full force on Sunday,” he said.Hurricane, storm and storm surge watches and warnings have been declared for many locations along the East Coast of the U.S. Henri is expected to produce rainfall amounts of 8 to 15 centimeters over Long Island, New England, southeast New York and northern New Jersey Sunday into Monday, with isolated maximum totals near 25 centimeters.In Mexico, meanwhile, Grace’s maximum sustained winds have decreased from hurricane strength and the tropical storm is expected to continue to rapidly weaken Saturday afternoon as it moves inland over central Mexico, according to the NHC. 

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