Tropical Storm Henri strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane Saturday morning.
Henri is currently located 180 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and 465 miles south of Montauk, New York.
Dangerous storm surge, hurricane conditions and flooding rain is expected in parts of the Northeast beginning late tonight.
Landfall is looking to occur tomorrow late morning on Long Island.
oluntary evacuation order for New York’s Fire Island
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced a voluntary evacuation order for residents and visitors of Fire Island in New York on Saturday.
He said Saturday is the only chance for locals and visitors to leave the island and ferry and water taxi service will be suspended Sunday. Emergency shelters will be set up for evacuees, he said in a press conference.
Portions of Long Island are currently under hurricane and storm surge warnings as Henri draws near, expected to make landfall in Suffolk County on Sunday.
PHOTO: A sign on the Southern Parkway alerts drives that there is a Hurricane Warning in Effect as Hurricane Henri moves up the coast on Aug. 21, 2021 in Wantagh, N.Y.
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A sign on the Southern Parkway alerts drives that there is a Hurricane Warning in Effect as Hurric…
“This storm is significant and potentially dangerous and is likely to be really impactful, he said. “Remember the storm we experienced last year, Tropical Storm Isaias, was not a direct hit. We had 650,000 power outages from that storm. We are now looking at a weather event that may be hitting us directly.
Its track has slightly shifted to the east. On its current path, Henri is forecast to make landfall in eastern Long Island tomorrow afternoon at or near hurricane strength before weakening slightly as it reaches Connecticut, just east of New Haven.
Connecticut declares state of emergency ahead of Henri
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont declared a statement of emergency on Friday due to the incoming storm, “to take any actions necessary to respond and protect the people of the state.