With Tropical storm Henri expected to hit New York City on Sunday, deposed governor Cuomo has declared a “State of Emergency”In addition Cuomo has requested 500 National Guard Members to assist prior to Henri’s arrival.
At 11:00am Saturday, the “tropical storm” was upgraded to “hurricane status”, with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, but gusts, when the storm reaches the city of New York, could be as high as 100 mph.
“Conditions will deteriorate rapidly later tonight and become dangerous tomorrow. Henri will deliver life-threatening storm surge, damaging winds, and flooding rain. Be ready for the possibility of prolonged power outages. Take this storm seriously. Secure loose items around your property. If you are near the coast have a plan to seek higher ground,” ABC7 chief meteorologist Lee Goldberg advised.
“New Yorkers, please take this storm seriously. I know it’s short notice. Think Superstorm Sandy,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a briefing Saturday afternoon where he declared a state of emergency for large parts of New York state. “It is as serious as a heart attack,” he said. “The people of the state have had less notice to fully actualize what might happen here.”
“I understand the instinct of “we’re going to shelter in place …” but that decision to ride it out could be a dangerous one, the governor said.
‘Hurricane’ Henri’s impact will be felt around the city as soon as Saturday night, with worsening conditions Sunday in Long Island.