Tropical Storm Henri is expected to strengthen into a hurricane over the Atlantic and hit Southern New England this weekend. The National Hurricane Center says the system is expected to make landfall in that area by late Sunday, but its strength at that point is uncertain. Forecasters say the storm is about 350 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. It has winds of 65 miles per hour. However, it's moving slowly to the northwest at just seven miles per hour. Hurricane watches are in effect for portions of Long Island in New York along with Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard.
Storm surge watches, hurricane watches, and tropical storm watches are in effect for dozens of communities along the East Coast. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Tropical Storm Henri is likely to power up to hurricane strength by Saturday.
Governor Baker has already briefed reporters and the state on the latest issues surrounding the storm. His message was quite simple:
"The simple point here is we really would like everybody to be off the road at the height of the storm, which will probably last all day Sunday and through until the early part of Monday. We don't want people to be stuck in the traffic on the Cape Cod bridges when the storm is in full force on Sunday," Baker said.
In Connecticut, officials are working hard to insure as safe a weekend as possible. Henri is expected to make landfall in Connecticut late Sunday and into Monday morning. Officials are urging residents to prepare for the storm with an emergency kit including water, food, blankets and phone chargers.
(Photo with thanks National Weather Service Boston)