The Westport Emergency Management Team says:
Hurricane Henri is forecast to enter our area tomorrow with tropical storm force winds and torrential rain. Deputy Chief Michael Kronick urges:
Now is the time to prepare for Henri. Bring in or secure outdoor items, and get what you need for the possibility of a power outage. We will continue to provide updates as they are available later this evening.
We should prepare for the possibility of a Category 1 hurricane landfall in Connecticut tomorrow.
Hurricane, Tropical Storm, and Storm Surge Warnings are up for the entire state. Henri will likely maintain hurricane strength as it approaches Long Island and Connecticut. Whether it’s a Category 1 hurricane or strong tropical storm, the impact will not change.
What to Expect:
The outer rain bands of Henri will move in after 3 a.m.. Winds will start to pick up after 5 a.m.
It will rain all day on Sunday. Be prepared for several inches of rain, in addition to 3- to 5-foot storm surge at the shoreline (coupled with an astronomically high tide).
Moderate River and Major Urban Flooding Expected:
Henri is forecast to bring 4 to 8 inches of rain to the entire state. This may cause moderate to major urban flooding and moderate river and stream flooding Sunday afternoon and evening.
Flash flooding is likely, along with the 3- to 5-foot storm surge at the shoreline. High tide hits at 9:30 to 11:30 a.m..
Moderate to Major Tree and Powerline Damage Possible:
Winds may gust to 50 – 70 mph. Gusts could be higher around the eye of the storm, depending on exactly where Henri makes landfall. Since the ground is already so saturated, it won’t take much wind to bring down trees.
- Residents in flood-prone areas can move their vehicles to Saugatuck train station Lot # 8.
- Get your home ready. Secure (or move inside) outdoor plants, furniture, and other loose item
- Stay informed. Tune into your local radio, town social media, news channels or weather apps/websites for the latest updates. Sign up for NIXLE alerts from the town’s Emergency Operations Center. Text: 06880 to 888 777
- Fuel up your vehicle in advance of the storm.
- Be prepared for power outages. Make sure devices are charged in advance.
- Make sure you have extra batteries for flashlights. If you lose power, don’t run generators indoors.