Hurricane “Henri” is scheduled to hit the US east coast on Sunday. New York’s governor has now declared a state of emergency and pleaded: “New Yorkers, please take this seriously”.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency for parts of the US state because of hurricane “Henri”. These included the city of New York, Long Island and a few other areas. In the USA, a state of emergency is often declared out of caution, because this means that responsibilities are shifted from the federal government to regional authorities.
“New Yorkers, please take this seriously, think of Hurricane Sandy,” Cuomo said at a press conference on Saturday. It is hoped that the effects of the hurricane expected for Sunday will not be as bad as in 2012, but it is not certain that it will turn out smoothly. For the city of New York, however, he only expects heavy rains and some light floods, said Cuomo.
Big concert in New York canceled
On Saturday evening, a concert in New York had to be canceled due to severe thunderstorms. By the end of around two and a half of the five planned hours, Carlos Santana, Andrea Bocelli and LL Cool J had already performed. Other artists like Reggeaton star Maluma, Patti Smith and Bruce Springsteen hadn’t played yet. At the event with 60,000 announced visitors, the city wanted to celebrate the fighting spirit of its citizens with the corona pandemic and the end of many restrictions.
The US weather service had previously upgraded tropical storm “Henri”, which is targeting the northeastern United States, to a hurricane on Saturday morning (local time). The National Weather Service issued a hurricane warning for parts of Long Island and Connecticut. Warnings of storm surges were issued for the Flushing district in the east of the metropolis of New York, where “Henri” is still expected in tropical storm strength. He is expected to hit land from Sunday noon (local time).