My prayers are with all the families, friends and businesses in all areas!
Warnings have been activated!
Hurricane Henri is making it’s move on its trek across the Atlantic Seaboard and due for a landfall from New Jersey and New York into the whole New England states sometime starting tonight, into tomorrow to Monday. Deadly storm surge may precede the storm! Get ready…start preparing for landfall right away!! Be ready for storm surge, high winds, power outages and possible tornadoes. Visit: The NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center’s Facebook page for more info. More technical information as provided by cdema.org – Tropical Weather Systems.
The current tropical activity report directly from the NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center:
↓ At 5:19 pm ↓
Atlantic Tropical Report: The Atlantic season for the year 2021 is continuing to be a busier than normal year, as Hurricane Henri is due to make landfall from New York into the whole New England states sometime starting tonight, into tomorrow to Monday. Hurricane Grace has moved over Mexico, pending reformation and a rename when it restrengthens into the Pacific. Please see further information:
NHC Director Ken Graham with the 2 p.m. EDT Saturday update on Hurricane Henri.
Courtesy of @NWSNHC on Facebook
HURRICANE HENRI: Warnings have been activated! Check out for your local listings here: Nationwide Station Listing Using Broadcast Frequencies. Get ready…start preparing for landfall right away!! Hurricane Henri has warnings from Cap May, New Jersey all the way to Merrimack River, Massachusetts. The storm will encounter East Coast locations, which may include New York, including all of Long Island. The area is not used to the amount of water headed this way. Deadly storm surge may precede the storm starting this evening into the middle of tonight! Winds could have a detrimental effect on impending danger and care needs to be exercised. It is important to exercise extra special care in those regions. Have an escape plan in place. Residents in the area all the from New Jersey up into the New England East Coast should have a hurricane plan in action or visit https://www.weather.gov/wrn/hurricane-preparedness. Please adhere to safety measures and stay out of the way of danger! This storm is still capable of major damage. This storm is capable of torrential rains, wind, tornadoes, damage, flying debris, and unfortunately the possibility of some deaths. Make arrangements accordingly. Current posting from the NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center
…A DANGEROUS STORM SURGE, HURRICANE CONDITIONS, AND FLOODING RAINFALL EXPECTED IN PORTIONS OF THE NORTHEAST UNITED STATES BEGINNING LATE TONIGHT OR EARLY SUNDAY…
A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for…
* South shore of Long Island from Mastic Beach to Montauk Point New York
* North shore of Long Island from Montauk Point to Flushing New York
* Flushing New York to Chatham Massachusetts
* Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and Block Island
A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for…
* East Rockaway Inlet to Mastic New York
* North of Chatham Massachusetts to Sagamore Beach Massachusetts
* Cape Cod Bay
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for…
* South shore of Long Island from Fire Island Inlet to Montauk Point
* North shore of Long Island from Port Jefferson Harbor to Montauk Point
* New Haven Connecticut to west of Westport Massachusetts
* Block Island
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
* Port Jefferson Harbor to west of New Haven Connecticut
* South shore of Long Island from west of Fire Island Inlet to East Rockaway Inlet
* Westport Massachusetts to Chatham Massachusetts, including Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket
* Coastal New York and New Jersey west of East Rockaway Inlet to Manasquan Inlet, including New York City
A tornado or two may occur Sunday over southern New England. Interests elsewhere in the northeastern U.S. should monitor the progress of Henri.
Hurricane conditions are expected in the hurricane warning area late tonight or on Sunday, with tropical storm conditions expected by tonight. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion. Tropical storm conditions are expected in the tropical storm warning area late tonight and Sunday.
For storm information specific to your area, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office – http://www.weather.gov
At 8 p.m. EDT, the center of Hurricane Henri was located over the Atlantic Ocean about 255 miles (410 km) east-northeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina and about 290 miles (470 km) south of Montauk Point, New York. Henri is moving toward the north-northeast near 18 mph (30 km/h) and this motion is expected to continue through tonight. A decrease in forward speed and a turn toward the north-northwest is expected on Sunday. On the
forecast track, Henri is expected to make landfall on Long Island or in southern New England on Sunday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 75 mph (120 km/h) with higher gusts. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 150 miles (240 km). The minimum central pressure reported by a NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft data is 988 mb (29.18 inches). Strengthening is forecast to occur through tonight. Although some weakening is expected prior to landfall on Sunday, Henri is forecast to be at or near hurricane strength when it reaches the coasts of
Long Island and southern New England.
The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. The water could reach the following heights above ground somewhere in the indicated areas if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide:
– Flushing, NY to Chatham, MA including Narragansett Bay, Buzzards Bay, Vineyard Sound, and Nantucket Sound…3-5 ft
– North shore of Long Island from Flushing to Montauk Point, NY, including Long Island Sound…3-5 ft
– South shore of Long Island from Mastic Beach to Montauk Point, NY…3-5 ft
– Chatham, MA to Sagamore Beach, MA including Cape Cod Bay…2-4 ft
– South shore of Long Island from East Rockaway Inlet to Mastic Beach, NY…2-4 ft
– Cape May, NJ to East Rockaway Inlet, NY…1-3 ft
– Sagamore Beach, MA to Merrimack River including Massachusetts Bay…1-3 ft
Henri is expected to produce rainfall amounts of 3 to 6 inches over portions of Long Island, New England, southeast New York, and northern New Jersey Sunday into Monday, with isolated maximum totals near 10 inches. Heavy rainfall from Henri may result in considerable flash, urban, and small stream flooding, along with the potential for minor and moderate river flooding.
The next complete advisory will be issued by NHC at 11 p.m. EDT – www.nhc.noaa.gov/#Henri
Other Tropical Systems: Tropical Depression Grace has moved over Mexico. Grace is now weakened to a tropical disturbance as as it moved over land with the presence of mountains. The disturbance is being watched as it approaches the Pacific and if it restrengthens over the Pacific, it will be renamed at that point as its new Pacific naming. Visit https://www.weather.gov/wrn/hurricane-preparedness.
Tropical Disturbance Grace
…GRACE WEAKENS TO A DISTURBANCE…
…THIS IS THE LAST ADVISORY…
The government of Mexico has discontinued all warnings for the coast of Mexico.
There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.
For storm information specific to your area, please monitor products issued by your national meteorological service.
At 5 p.m. CDT, the remants of Grace were located about 65 miles (105 km) west-northwest of Ciudad de Mexico. The remnants are moving toward the west near 13 mph (20 km/h) and this general motion is expected to continue tonight.
Maximum sustained winds are near 25 mph (35 km/h) with higher gusts. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1002 mb (29.59 inches). Although Grace has dissipated, its remnants will likely move into the eastern North Pacific by Sunday afternoon, where it is likely to develop into a new tropical cyclone next week.
The remnants of Grace will be capable of producing an additional 1 to 3 inches of rain with isolated maximum amounts of around 5 inches through tonight across portions of central Mexico, including Ciudad de Mexico. The lingering heavy rainfall may lead to additional areas of flash and urban flooding, along with mudslides, through tonight.
This is the last public advisory issued by the National Hurricane Center on this system. – www.hurricanes.gov
…Tropical Storm Grace, located over east-central Mexico, is forecast to dissipate over Mexico by early Sunday. However, Grace’s remnants are expected to continue moving westward and emerge over the eastern Pacific Ocean off the west-central coast of Mexico by Sunday afternoon. Environmental conditions are forecast to be conducive for development, and a tropical depression is likely to form by early next week while the system moves westward at 10 to 15 mph away from the coast of Mexico. It has a high (70 percent) chance of formation during the next 48 hours and a high (80 percent) chance during the next five days.
Elsewhere over the eastern North Pacific Ocean on this Saturday afternoon, an area of low pressure is forecast to form offshore of the coast of southern Mexico early next week. Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for some gradual development thereafter, and a tropical depression could form by the middle of next week. It has a near zero chance of formation during the next 48 hours and a medium (60 percent) chance during the next five days. The system is forecast to move generally west-northwestward at 10 to 15 mph, near or just offshore of the southwstern coast of Mexico. – www.hurricanes.gov
La Niña is being watched right now, and it would be a rare occurrence of less than two years between a cycle. Active record breaking hurricane seasons happen in conjunction of La Niña, so eyes are on the occurrence. KEEPING SAFETY IS OF UPMOST CONCERN! Check out the Wikipedia caption: Atlantic hurricane season
Tips: Preparedness Before, During & After Tropical Weather:
Here are tips before the storm, a lot of these should generally be maintained before a hurricane watch is issued, months before a prediction is made:
PREPARATION BEFORE A HURRICANE:
- Strap down the roof. Using hurricane straps/clips to fastening your home’s roof to the frame of the house, thus reducing any roof damage.
- Put head plus foot bolts on all entry doors.
- Buy or make window covers and storm shutters. Board up any remaining windows. Make sure all glass is covered no matter how small to reduce debris.
- Take any antennae and satellite equipment down.
- Caulk around the doors and windows.
- Secure and protect all attached structures. Make sure all patio furniture, grills are put away or get it into your house. Turn off propane and try to cover them if possible.
- Test the sump pumps and drains, and make sure the back-flow flap valves are operating to assure that water does not back up from the drain pipe.
- Turn off ALL utilities at the shut-off valves, and trip the electric main. Pull out all the unnecessary plugs at every receptacle in case of lightning strikes after possible submersion. Do not unplug the refrigerator and/or freezers. Make sure that you have battery operated security as it is not safe to leave AC on during a storm.
- Take before photos to have handy for your information and insurance purposes. They may be necessary to assist your later damages from the storm.
The instance that you hear, several days before onslaught, put off Xbox and all hobbies and get adequate sleep, because once you are going to make a decision and prepare if the hurricane looks like it is going to hit, you are going to need this sleep very badly. DO NOT think for a minute that you can stay and ride out the storm!! Reporters dispatched out into the storm are trained individuals who undergo years of training and underlying experiences, so don’t even think that going out on a whim to stay and see the hurricane is a viable option. When the authorities state that it is unsafe to stay, get ready right away! Do NOT wait until it is too late. Procrastination is your worst enemy, as a bad rush hour is a baby compared to trying to get out late in a hurricane. This is why a lot of times all lanes of highways go the same way–OUT!
- When authorities say to evacuate, DO NOT argue, and do so immediately.
- Make sure you bring proper ID, you will need it to get back when the storm has passed.
- Leave and mobile homes and to go to a nearby shelter.
- If your home is not on high ground or in a flood plain, go to a shelter.
Make sure you do not forget anything at home, because you will not be able to return to home one you leave! The authorities WILL NOT allow you to go back once you make your move for any reason, as they do not have time to deal with security issues and are trained to make sure everyone is getting out. If you wait too long and cannot evacuate, if you have an emergency, a lot of times there may be no assistance for you in an emergency. Phone lines are down even in this computer age, and emergency individuals are swarmed with work, and a lot of people already evacuated. Here are some survival tips:+
DURING A HURRICANE:
- Always stay indoors during a hurricane, and do not venture outside because strong winds will blow things around. The force of a flying object can be deadly or devastating.
- Make sure you know low-lying and flood prone areas, and STAY AWAY. Once water covers, you will not know how low they really are. Do not walk on the flooded areas, as manhole covers wash away, and the chance of falling into a crevice is very dangerous.
- Stay informed by monitoring the storm by radio, and if power is still an option, plug in the TV, and/or internet. A battery operated NOAA.com weather radio is most helpful.
- Avoid the phone, except for a serious emergency.
Stay alert for extended rainfall and all subsequent flooding after the hurricane has passed and tropical storm has moved out of the area. If you evacuated, return only when the officials approve say it is safe. Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed out areas. Have ID ready as checkpoints only allow officials, media, cleared parties and people with proper credentials to pass for safety and security.
Here are After the Storm tips:
AFTER A HURRICANE:
Access any and all damages carefully and pay attention to safety, including embedded glass and shrapnel. Have a first aid kit handy.
- Call insurance and only follow the following tips after proper accessing has been done, and don’t forget to take photos first before you fix damages. keep all receipts for supplies, fixing–for insurance or to claim a loss.
- Access the possibility and turn on utilities ONLY if possible, plug in at every receptacle in case of lightning strikes after possible submersion. Make sure that you have battery operated security as it is not safe to leave AC on during a storm.
- Access stability and remove the straps on the roof. Remove hurricane straps/clips to fastening your home’s roof to the frame of the house, thus reducing any roof damage.
- Remove any head/foot bolts on entry doors.
- Remove or higher window covers and storm shutters. Carefully take all board-up and covering down/off.
- Re-install antennae and satellite equipment.
- Take down the strapping from secured attached structures. Re-position all patio furniture, grills, etc. Turn on propane and hook up utilities if possible.
- Check the sump pumps and drains, and make sure they are operating properly to assure that they are ready for subsequent storms.
- It may take several weeks to dispose of refuse, make sure if any waste is hazardous to dispose of properly.
- Fix the decor to return everything to it’s normal state.
The good news of a hurricane, is that they are the most predictable storm on the planet. Except in the late hurricane season of late October and November hurricanes usually move at predictable speeds, and are seen days ahead of time. The problem is that in true reality, if you know that you are in a hurricane zone, you really should play it smart and be prepared with plenty of supplies that are put away in a close storage area, so that the only thing you need to do to prepare for an oncoming hurricane is boarding up and getting out.
A hurricane is a nasty fact of life, but truly is necessary for the world to exist as it does. Hurricanes are mother nature’s control and thermostat to ensure that the oceans do not overheat. The hurricane sheds heat off the ocean surface and casts the heat into outer space really fast. They are true heat vacuums. The cores of heat shed from hurricanes make the ceilings of heat from 5 times to sometimes fifty times higher in altitude. It is the only time heat ever goes this high up. The price? The waters of the tropical oceans pay a high price in lost ocean wildlife and damage to underwater vegetation including the coral reef if the oceans are too warm. Hurricanes also pull the continental weather down further south in this hemisphere to ensure that the polar weather doesn’t get so intense in the tundra areas, so that vegetation can exist. Hurricanes absolutely need to exist if we want to live on earth. They are not going away, and we need to be prepared, and be safe.
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