“With the current forecasted track of Henri, we can expect heavy rainfall and high winds, with the potential for a significant amount of coastal flooding and urban flooding across Connecticut,” said Gov
A storm surge warning is in effect from
Lamont said the state’s
The governor is calling 200 Guardsmen and women to state active duty beginning on Saturday morning to prepare teams and specialized equipment in support of the state’s response. Lamont said he is asking
Eversource is warning of widespread power outages that could last up to 10 days.
“Henri has the potential for significant and lengthy outages. Customers should be prepared for multiday restoration, up to 5 to 10 days,’' said Eversource spokesman
Eversource President and CEO
Tropical Storm Henri, currently located in the
If it makes landfall in
“We only have so many threats of this magnitude that ever crop up during a year or even a decade,” said
Rain is expected to start early in the day Sunday, intensify Sunday afternoon and evening and then continue into Monday. The impact, Maxon said, could be similar to what
“When a tropical system sits, the rainfall can be epic, biblical,” Maxon said.
“Heavy rainfall may lead to flash, urban and small stream flooding, along with the potential for widespread minor and isolated river flooding, over portions of Southern New England Sunday into Monday,” the
The storm is expected to make landfall along the border between
“You plan for the worst, hope for the best, but the trend is not in our favor,” Furey said. “The more we look at it the worse it looks. Everyone’s got to get prepared. Everyone’s got to get the generators gassed up and do what you need to do, knowing you could be out of power for a week.”
Is the state ready?
Nolan said Friday that Eversource’s response would be “all hands on deck,” with more than 4,000 crews from across the country.
“You will see a massive presence of utility people in this state like you’ve never seen before,” Nolan said. “We’ll do everything we possibly can to get everyone back [in power] and get them back safely.”
All state campgrounds will close on Saturday at
“Keep your phones charged, stock up on bottled water, make sure that you’re putting away anything that could become a flying projectile in heavy winds,” he said. “Most importantly, during the storm stay off the roads and shelter in place.”
What’s causing the extreme weather?
“June was third-hottest June in 116 years, July was the third-wettest July in 116 years, so you went from the heat to the wetness,” Furey said. “We just had flooding rains yesterday and now we’re going to bring Henri in.”
Maxon said the heavy rainfall in July, plus the storm Thursday, could exacerbate the threat posed by Tropical Storm Henri.
“You throw [the storm] in with the saturated soil because of the rainy July we had, the third-wettest July on record, we had substantial and significant flooding yesterday, and we’re going to try to throw four-to-six inches of rain into this situation?” Maxon said. “That can lead to a lot of freshwater flooding, power outages and tree damage.”
Experts say extreme weather events are likely to become more common in
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