Tropical Storm Henri is nearing a landfall in southern New England and has already produced flooding rain in parts of the Northeast.
Henri center is located about 50 miles south-southwest of Providence, Rhode Island. Despite weakening from a Category 1 hurricane to a tropical storm Sunday morning, its impacts including flooding rain, strong winds and storm surge flooding are expected to be the same, regardless.
Henri has turned toward the north-northwest and its forward motion is slowing down, now just over 10 mph. Rainbands continue to wrap into the Northeast, from Delaware to southern Maine.
Wind gusts from 60 to 70 mph have been clocked along the coast Sunday morning at Block Island and Point Judith, Rhode Island; and Westport, Massachusetts. Great Gull Island off the eastern end of Long Island clocked a 72 mph gust.
Trees have been reported downed in parts of southern Rhode Island and southern Connecticut, and power outages are beginning to climb from New Jersey to Massachusetts, according to poweroutage.us.
Watches and Warnings
Storm Surge Alerts
A storm surge warning has been issued for Long Island eastward from Mastic Beach to Montauk and from Flushing, New York to Montauk, as well as from Flushing, New York east to Chatham, Massachusetts, including Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard and Block Island. A storm surge warning is issued when there is a threat of life-threatening storm surge within the next 36 hours.
A tropical storm warning has been issued from East Rockaway Inlet, New York, to Chatham Massachusetts, including Long Island, Block Island, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Tropical storm conditions are expected the warning areas into tonight.
Forecast Track, Intensity
Henri has turned toward the north-northwest and its forward speed should continue to slow as Henri reaches New England.
Henri’s forward progress is slowing down on approach to New England because of blocking high pressure to its north over Quebec.
On Monday, however, Henri’s remnant is expected to take a sharp eastward turn over northern New England, as it eventually gets caught up on the southern edge of the jet stream.
Henri’s circulation center is likely to move within the forecast path shown below. Impacts will spread well beyond this cone.
The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide could cause the water to reach the following heights above ground if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide:
-Flushing, New York, to Chatham, Massachusetts, including Narragansett Bay, Buzzards Bay, Vineyard Sound and Nantucket Sound: 2 to 4 feet
-The north shore of Long Island from Flushing to Montauk Point: 2 to 4 feet
-The south shore of Long Island from Mastic Beach to Montauk Point: 2 to 4 feet
-Chatham, Massachusetts, eastward to Merrimack River, Massachusetts, including Cape Cod and Massachusetts Bay: 1 to 2 feet
-East Rockaway Inlet, New York, to Mastic Beach, New York: 1 to 2 feet
Tropical-storm-force winds will continue to spread into southern New England today and will persist into tonight.