Storm Henri turned into a Category 1 hurricane on Saturday and is heading to the northeastern United States, the U.S. Hurricane Monitoring Center said. With winds now up to 120 km / h, Henri must reach the American coast on Sunday at Long Island, near New York, or a little further north in New England, according to the NHC, which however expects ” to a weakening before his arrival ”.
7 to 15 cm of precipitation is expected across the region, and up to 25 cm in places, warned the NHC, which also warned of the risk of flooding. Part of the northeastern United States, including New York, was placed on alert Friday for the approach of Henri, which could become the first hurricane in 30 years to hit the New England coast.
Power outages expected around Boston
“The last hurricane to make landfall in New England dates back to Bob in 1991,” said a spokesperson for the US agency for the study of the ocean and the atmosphere. This hurricane had killed at least 17 people across the East Coast.
Faced with the threat, several governors called on the population to be cautious. In Massachusetts, the city of Boston, Governor Charlie Baker called on “everyone to avoid unnecessary travel,” especially in coastal areas. In this state, where all beaches and parks will be closed between Saturday and Monday, the hurricane could cause power cuts affecting 100,000 to 300,000 residents, said the governor’s services.
A “major hurricane” in Mexico
Further south of the continent, Hurricane Grace, which overnight became “a major hurricane” of Category 3, hit the east coast of Mexico on Saturday with winds of up to 205 km / h, the American Center announced. hurricane monitoring. It hit the northern coast of the state of Veracruz, near the municipality of Tecolutla, at 8 a.m. (Paris time), and the region is on alert for floods and landslides.
As it makes landfall, the hurricane is expected to start losing strength, especially when it hits mountain ranges. However, the state of Veracruz has many and mighty rivers, which presents many risks of flooding.
In the port of Veracruz, businesses have placed boards and protections on windows and doors, while fishermen have sheltered 300 boats. Residents secured their homes after stocking up on preserves and water. By late Friday afternoon, most of the roads in Veracruz were closed, and the Mexican armed forces are mobilized to help the population.
Grace’s second pass
The authorities have announced that they have set up 200 shelters and are ready to activate 2,000 more if necessary. This will be the second time Grace has reached Mexico, after spending there Thursday without causing any death or major property damage. Then classified in category 1, it made landfall Thursday morning near the seaside resort of Tulum, on the Caribbean coast of Mexico. The planes had been grounded and tourists had to spend the night in dedicated shelters.