Staten Island Advance, N.Y.
As Long Island and coastal Connecticut brace for a direct hit from what’s now being classified as Tropical Storm Henri, some residents on Staten Island already have experienced adverse conditions.
Tropical storm conditions— especially in the areas of Midland Beach, Todt Hill and Tottenville— are expected to include wind speeds of up to 55 miles per hour, which is less severe than a previous forecast.
Residents in Port Richmond already experienced flooding overnight, as images obtained by the Advance/SILive.com show cars submerged in water near Jewett Avenue and Kramer Place. A source said the water had since receded, but residents are concerned it will happen again Sunday.
A woman on Rome Avenue in Concord said her basement was flooded overnight, resulting in what she described as damaged property and “water up to my shoulders.”
Accuweather is forecasting an 80% chance of rain Sunday, with new rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.
A flood warning for early Sunday morning specific to Staten Island was posted overnight by NYC Emergency Management. Streets across the borough could become blocked and/or closed due to excessive water on the roadway, as city officials caution residents to stay indoors
“Do not drive your vehicle or walk into areas where water covers the roadway as the water depth may be too great to allow you to cross safely,” the warning read.
Henri remains a Category 1 hurricane and is expected to make landfall between Montauk and Narragansett Bay this morning, according to the NWS. As it weakens, it’s expected to then track into southern New England late Sunday and early Monday.
Staten Island meanwhile also should be prepared for power outages. If someone with a disability, access needs or who uses Life Sustaining Equipment (LSE) loses power and needs immediate assistance, they should dial 911.
On Saturday evening, Mayor Bill de Blasio asked New Yorkers to stay indoors, stay off the roads, and prepare for outages ahead of Henri’s landfall.
“There’s going to be heavy winds, a lot of rain, we could definitely be seeing some trees falling down, we need people to be safe so I’m telling you now so you can alter your plans, prepare your plans for tomorrow. Stay in, to the maximum extent possible,” de Blasio said during a press briefing in regard to the hurricane.
Despite earlier concerns, there is little to no chance of tornadoes in the area, according to the most recent local forecasts Sunday.
Meteorologists also are predicting a dangerous rip current threat with possible ocean swells of between two to four feet, which could affect all Atlantic Ocean beaches including those on Staten Island.
The Parks Department announced Friday that all city beaches will be closed to swimming on Sunday and Monday.
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