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Hurricane Henri will make landfall in Southern New England

* If the storm is forecast to dissipate within 3 days, the “Full Forecast” and “3 day” graphic will be identical.

If it follows the example set by big sister Irene, will you be ready?

Tropical Storm Henri is forecast to strengthen to a hurricane as it heads northward tonight. Henri is expected to make landfall near Long Island tomorrow, then weaken rapidly as it heads into Litchfield County, Connecticut tomorrow evening and slowly exit the region on Monday.

The Burning Question — August 21, 2021

The Burning Question — August 21, 2021

What preparations are you making for Hurricane Henri?

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POTENTIAL IMPACTS

  • WIND: Protect against life-threatening wind having possible extensive impacts
  • Considerable roof damage to sturdy buildings, with some having window, door, and garage door failures leading to structural damage.
  • Mobile homes severely damaged, with some destroyed.
  • Damage accentuated by airborne projectiles.Locations may be uninhabitable for weeks.Many large trees snapped or uprooted along with fences and roadway signs blown over.
  • Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban or heavily wooded places.
  • Several bridges, causeways, and access routes impassable.Large areas with power and communications outages.
  • FLOODING RAIN: Protect against life-threatening rainfall flooding having possible extensive impacts across Litchfield County, Connecticut. Potential impacts include:

    • Major flooding may prompt many evacuations and rescues.

    • Rivers and tributaries may rapidly overflow their banks in multiple places.

    •Small streams, creeks, canals and ditches may become dangerous rivers.

    •In mountain areas, destructive runoff may run quickly down valleys while increasing susceptibility to
    rockslides and mudslides.

    •Flood control systems and barriers may become stressed.

    Flood waters may enter many structures within multiple communities, with some structures becoming uninhabitable or washed away.

    • In many places, flood waters may cover escape routes. Streets and parking lots become rivers of moving water
    with underpasses submerged. Driving conditions become dangerous. Many road and bridge closures with some weakened or washed out.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

    EVACUATIONS:
    Listen to local official for recommended preparedness actions, including possible evacuation.

    If ordered to evacuate, do so immediately.

    OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION:
    Now is the time to complete all preparations to protect life and property in accordance with your emergency plan. Ensure you are in a safe location before the onset of strong winds or possible flooding.

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