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hurricane risk in New England, a region normally spared

Part of the Northeastern United States, including New York City, has been placed on alert for the approach of Tropical Storm Henri, likely to become the first hurricane in 30 years to hit the New England coast. Henri comes with the risk of flooding and high winds that could cause serious damage, US weather services said on Friday.

According to the forecast trajectory, this tropical storm “is expected to make landfall in southern New England late SundayThe National Hurricane Center said in a bulletin, but weather services were alerting to potential impacts as early as Saturday. “If Henri hits Southeastern New England as a hurricane this weekend, it will be the first hurricane to make direct landfall since Bob in 1991“Said a spokesman for the US agency for the study of the ocean and the atmosphere, quoted by public radio NPR.

Call for caution

Faced with this threat, several governors called on the population to be cautious. In Massachusetts, the state of the city of Boston, Governor Charlie Baker asked “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 storm could cause power cuts for 100,000 to 300,000 residents, say the governor’s services.

The hurricane warning is also valid in parts of Long Island in New York state, and in the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island, the national weather service alerted on Twitter on Friday, warning of the risks. of “dangerous waves and currents“. Part of the coast near New York City is affected by the tropical storm alert.

«This is the first time in nearly 10 years that a hurricane watch has been issued for parts of our region», Assured the weather services of the city of New York, specifying that the last time, it was hurricane Irene, at the end of August 2011. The weather services warn that the strong winds could cause many material damages, in particular on roofs of houses, on roads, and cause blackouts of electricity and telecommunications.

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