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Tropical Storm Henri to strengthen and hit northeastern U.S. and Canada


 Tropical Storm Henri is expected to progress to a Category One hurricane on Saturday before it hits the northeastern U.S. and Canadian coast next week. 

As of Wednesday afternoon, Henri was about 795 miles south-southeast off Nantucket in Cape Cod as it heads west at 8mph.

The storm’s top winds are expected to reach 85mph on Saturday, with winds extending to 80 miles from Henri’s center.  

The storm’s path currently affects the northeastern U.S. region and the coastal Canadian province of Nova Scotia

Tropical Storm Henri is expected to progress to a Category One Hurricane on Saturday as it sustains winds of 85mph

Tropical Storm Henri is expected to progress to a Category One Hurricane on Saturday as it sustains winds of 85mph

Current forecasts have shown Henri swirling south of Bermuda and north several hundred miles from North Carolina

Current forecasts have shown Henri swirling south of Bermuda and north several hundred miles from North Carolina

A tropical storm reaches hurricane status after sustaining winds of 74mph or higher. 

The National Hurricane Center reported that as Henri moves west it could affect the New England coast and Nova Scotia on August 25.

NHC public affairs officer Dennis Feltgen said, ‘There is a lot of uncertainty, more than usual, in the track forecast of Henri this weekend and early next week.

‘As it stands now, there is some risk of direct impacts from Henri in portions of the northeastern US and Atlantic Canada during that time frame.’

Henri could also weaken back into a tropical storm before making landfall on the northeast.  

Henri has been named as the eighth storm of the season after it initially formed near Bermuda on Monday.

 Forecasts have shown the storm swirling south of Bermuda and heading up north several hundred miles of North Carolina. 

 A tropical storm watch was cancelled for Bermuda with the possibility of storm conditions on Wednesday night.

Sea swelling is expected to the hit coast of Bermuda and the mid-Atlantic coast of the U.S. later in the week, sparking fears of surges and floods. 

According to the NHC, flight missions are being organized by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration along with balloon soundings to gather data and determine the storm’s steering pattern.

U.S. East-Coasters may be bracing for Henri nearly ten years after Hurricane Sandy hit in late October 2012. 

The storm was a Category Two that sustained top winds of 80mph as it hit the U.S. Atlantic coast. 

The damage endured by the storm was on the most expensive in history as a reported $70 billion in damage occurred. 

The storm left 20,000 households displaced and killed over a hundred people.  

The U.S. previously endured Hurricane Sandy as coastal communities were left without power and significant damages to homes and businesses

The U.S. previously endured Hurricane Sandy as coastal communities were left without power and significant damages to homes and businesses

Sandy was considered one of the most expensive storms as it totaled $70 billion in damage

Sandy was considered one of the most expensive storms as it totaled $70 billion in damage

Tropical Storm Henri comes after a series of other storms as Hurricane Grace is expected to hit the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico with 85mph on August 19. 

Tropical Depression Fred, formerly a storm, hit the northeastern U.S. on Wednesday with heavy rain that caused mudslides and flash flooding.

Grace became a Category One Hurricane after winds increased to 80mph and is currently moving west-northwest at 16mph about 250 miles east of Tulum, Mexico. 

Formerly Tropical Depression Grace, it damaged and flooded areas of the south Hispaniola coasts on Monday, especially Haiti.

Haiti already endured a 7.2 magnitude earthquake on August 14 that killed almost 2,000 people. 

Grace has reached hurricane status and will hit Mexico later in the week with 85mph winds

Grace has reached hurricane status and will hit Mexico later in the week with 85mph winds

Haiti was hit with 10 inches of rain on Monday after sustaining a 7.2 magnitude earthquake last Saturday that caused nearly 2,000 deaths

Haiti was hit with 10 inches of rain on Monday after sustaining a 7.2 magnitude earthquake last Saturday that caused nearly 2,000 deaths

Tropical Storm Fred previously hit the Florida’s Gulf Coast with heavy rain and top winds of 60mph on August 16. 

The storm weakened to a Tropical Depression Fred on Tuesday.

Fred’s path has moved to the northeastern region of the U.S. affecting areas in Upstate New York and in lower Appalachian states. 

A state of emergency for North Carolina was issued on Wednesday by Governor Roy Cooper. 

A state of emergency was issued by North Carolina governor Roy Cooper on Wednesday

 A state of emergency was issued by North Carolina governor Roy Cooper on Wednesday

Western North Carolina counties were flooded and left 30 people unaccounted for in the aftermath of a storm that spurred heavy rains and cyclones

Western North Carolina counties were flooded and left 30 people unaccounted for in the aftermath of a storm that spurred heavy rains and cyclones

Western North Carolina counties were flooded, leaving 30 people unaccounted for in the aftermath of the storm.  

 Heavy rain and a series of tornadoes associated with Fred were reported in Georgia and the Carolinas on Tuesday. 

Tens of thousands of households were reported as to having no power as a result of the storm. 

Only one death was reported in Florida as a driver in Panama City hydroplaned and flipped over into a flooded ditch when Fred made landfall.

One death was reported in Panama City, Florida as a driver hydroplaned and flipped over into a flooded ditch

One death was reported in Panama City, Florida as a driver hydroplaned and flipped over into a flooded ditch



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