What began as a tropical disturbance that had to extend far into the ocean has grown into a powerful tropical storm that overlooks parts of Long Island and New England. The National Weather Service says Henri will soon intensify into a Category 1 hurricane and is expected to hit land sometime on Sunday. But where is it going exactly? How will wind and rain affect the Hudson Valley and other surrounding areas?
Predictive models had initially predicted that Henri could prune parts of Cape Cod and eastern New England. This would have kept it well east of the area. But more and more weather models allowed Henri to be tracked further west over the course of the week. This put parts of Long Island and Connecticut in its direct path and raised concerns that at least parts of the Hudson Valley might receive some of the storm's rainfall due to their proximity. And now, late on Friday, there is even more evidence that it could go further west
Hudson Valley Weather emphasizes that there is still a lot of disagreement about the possible route. One concern is that the storm could shift further west and then stall over the area, bringing torrential rains to the Hudson Valley just days after Tropical Storm Fred broke through. Further heavy rains could easily flood the already saturated soil. A proposed model published by Hudson Valley Weather as parts of the Hudson Valley receiving over 5 inches of rainfall.
A hurricane warning is currently in effect for central and eastern parts of Long Island and the Connecticut coast. A hurricane watch covers inland Connecticut and most of the New England coastline. A tropical storm watch is in place in Weschester County and western Connecticut. This can change a lot in the next 24 to 36 hours.
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