Henri has been upgraded from Tropical Storm to Hurricane..
The monster storm is moving over very warm waters now and the latest satellite loop shows more intensification underway, with Henri expected to be a hurricane before making landfall on central Long Island tomorrow.
In addition to getting stronger, it is also getting larger.
When it strikes Long Island, Henri is forecast to be over 250 miles wide.
Long Island is 120 miles x 23 miles.
Hurricane Hunter aircraft is investigating the storm now to get meteorologists more data on the structure of this significant storm.
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A hurricane warning for the southern coast of New England was extended east to the west of Westport, Massachusetts. A tropical storm warning for the coast of Massachusetts is extended to Chatham. Other existing warnings and watches remain in effect.
The last major threat of a hurricane strike on New England was more than 30 years ago.
The last time a hurricane made landfall on parts of New England was Hurricane Bob in 1991 which resulted in 17 deaths and $1.5 billion in damage. Long Island hasn’t had a direct hit from a hurricane since Gloria in 1985. That hurricane caused eight deaths and nearly $1 billion in damage.
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