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Hurricane Henri path: 75mph system to hit Long Island and New England today – latest maps

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More than 50 million people across some areas of the United States are under threat this morning with the National Hurricane Center issuing several tropical, storm surge and hurricane warnings. More than 12 million people are under a storm surge warning, with more than five million people under a hurricane warning and more than 37 million people under a tropical storm warning.

Hurricane Henri is moving ever closer to making a rare landfall in the northeastern USA.

Heavy rain has already hit many areas leading to flood risks for millions.

Some people in the affected areas have been forced to evacuate their homes ahead of Henri’s arrival due to the risk the twister poses.

The hurricane is predicted to make landfall on Long Island or southern New England, impacting those regions and many surrounding areas.

The storm is currently packing maximum sustained winds of 75mph meaning it is a Category 1 hurricane according to the Saffir-Simpson Scale.

This means the weather system has very dangerous winds which will produce some damage.

The type of anticipated damage could include well-constructed frame homes may see damage to roof, shingles, vinyl siding and gutters.

Large branches of trees will snap and shallowly rooted trees may be toppled.

Extensive damage to power lines and poles likely will result in power outages which could last a few to several days.

As of the latest NOAA update issued at 5am EDT (10am BST), Henri was located 80miles south-southeast of Montauk Point, New York and 120 miles south of Providence in Rhode Island.

The storm was moving northwards at about 18mph.

Several warnings have been issued for the storm including storm surge warnings and watches, as well as a hurricane warning.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the south shore of Long Island from Fire Island Inlet to Montauk Point, the north shore of Long Island from Port Jefferson Harbor to Montauk Point, New Haven Connecticut to west of Westport Massachusetts and Block Island.

A hurricane warning means hurricane conditions are expected within the affected areas within the next 12 hours.

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A Storm Surge Warning means there is a danger of life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland from the coastline.

This type of warning is currently in effect in the following areas: the south shore of Long Island from Mastic Beach to Montauk Point New York, the north shore of Long Island from Montauk Point to Flushing New York, Flushing New York to Chatham Massachusetts, and Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and Block Island.

A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, in this case beginning within the next 12 hours.

This watch alert is in effect in the following areas: East Rockaway Inlet to Mastic New York, the north of Chatham Massachusetts to Sagamore Beach Massachusetts and Cape Cod Bay.

Tropical Storm Warnings have also been issued for the following locations: Port Jefferson Harbor to west of New Haven Connecticut, the south shore of Long Island from west of Fire Island Inlet to East

Rockaway Inlet, Westport Massachusetts to Chatham Massachusetts, including

Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket and coastal New York and New Jersey west of East Rockaway Inlet to Manasquan Inlet, including New York City.

This type of warning means tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area.

Henri is predicted to make landfall today, after which the storm will turn to the north and move at a slower forward speed across southern New England.

A slight strengthening is possible early on Sunday morning with weakening is expected to begin later today.

However, Henri is expected to be at or near hurricane strength when it reaches the coasts of southern New England and Long island.

Rapid weakening is expected after Henri makes landfall.

Up to six inches of rainfall is expected over parts of Long Island, New England, southeast New York, and New Jersey today into Monday, with isolated maximum totals near 10 inches.

Heavy rainfall from Henri may result in considerable flash, urban, and small stream flooding, along with the potential for widespread minor to isolated moderate river flooding.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has also warned a tornado or two may occur across southern New England on August 22.

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