Henri closing in on New York area with hurricane-strength force

Tropical Storm Henri is barreling towards the New York area with hurricane-strength winds and potential storm surges that have already shut down local beaches and prompted severe weather warnings along Eastern Long Island.

Henri is expected to hit the Hamptons as early as 7 a.m. Sunday, packing winds up to 75 mph and heavy rains through much of the region.

Officials throughout the Northeast urged residents in the storm’s path to stay indoors and prepare for flooding and potential widespread power outages.

“Hurricane conditions are expected to begin Sunday in portions of Long Island and Connecticut, where a Hurricane Warning has been issued,” the National Hurricane Center said in an advisory Friday.

“Heavy rainfall may lead to considerable flash, urban, and small stream flooding along with the potential for widespread minor and isolated moderate river flooding over portions of Long Island and New England Sunday into Monday,” the advisory said.

Tropical Storm Henri's path along the Northeast coast
Tropical Storm Henri’s expected path this weekend.

The storm is due to hit the Hamptons with sustained winds up to 75 mph — enough to classify it as a Category 1 hurricane, Accuweather said.

The storm’s arrival will coincide with a full moon Sunday, which could prompt higher tides and more widespread coastal flooding, the outlet said.

“This is the most serious hurricane risk in New England in 30 years,” Accuweather Chief Meteorologist Jon Porter said.

City officials said Friday that all city beaches will be closed on Sunday and Monday.

Tropical Storm Henri
Tropical Storm Henri has already shut down local beaches and prompted severe weather warnings along Eastern Long Island.

The storm is also threatening the planned “homecoming” concert at Central Park but officials at City Hall said the event was still on as of late Friday evening.

Henri is expected to hit Long Island early Sunday morning before moving north into Massachusetts, where Gov. Charlie Baker has deployed 1,000 National Guard troops.

Additional reporting by Julia Marsh

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