Tropical Storm Henri pictured August 20, 2021. Image courtesy NOAA/GOES-East

Tropical Storm Henri Nearing Hurricane Strength

Mike Schuler
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August 20, 2021

The U.S. Coast Guard is urging all mariners to prepare for Tropical Storm Henri before its predicted Sunday landfall.

The NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center says Henri is now nearing hurricane strength with sustained winds near 70 mph with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days, and Henri is expected to become a hurricane by Saturday and be at or near hurricane strength when it makes landfall in southern New England.

Storm surge and hurricane watches having been issued for portions of the Northeast U.S., including portions of Long Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and Block Island.

At 2 p.m. EDT, the center of Tropical Storm Henri was located over the Atlantic Ocean about 320 miles (515 km) south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, moving toward the north-northwest near 6 mph.

A turn toward the north is expected by tonight, and Henri is forecast to accelerate in that direction through early Sunday. On the forecast track, Henri is expected to make landfall in southern New England by late Sunday.

Port conditions change based on weather forecasts, and current port conditions can be viewed on the following Coast Guard homeport webpage:

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