Tropics update: Henri becomes third hurricane of the season

Grace made landfall as first major hurricane of the season

ORLANDO, Fla. – Henri strengthened into a hurricane Saturday morning.

As of 11 p.m., Henri was located 180 miles south-southeast of Montauk Point, New York, and 220 miles south of Providence, Rhode Island. Maximum sustained winds were 75 mph and the storm was moving north at 21 mph.

Henri could strike New England this weekend as a hurricane, the first to do so in 30 years. Hurricane warnings are in effect for parts of Long Island and the Northeast Coast. Tropical storm warnings are in effect for the New York City metro.

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Henri will keep the rip current risk high along all East Coast beaches, including in Central Florida.

Hurricane Grace made landfall as a major Category 3 hurricane early Saturday morning in Mexico. It was the Atlantic’s first major hurricane of the season.

Grace came ashore with maximum sustained winds of 125 mph after rapidly intensifying in the Bay of Campeche Friday night. As of 5 a.m., Grace was packing winds of 110 mph as it moved west at 14 mph.

By 5 p.m., Grace weakened to a disturbance, had maximum sustained winds near 25 mph and was about 65 miles west-northwest of Ciudad de Mexico. The storm was moving west about 13 mph.

A third disturbance near Africa has a low chance for development over the next five days. Dry, dusty air associated with a Saharan Dust plume will limit development. If it does develop, it should remain out at sea, away from the U.S. The NHC gives this disturbance a 10% chance to develop over the next five days.

The next named storm will be Ida. Hurricane season runs through Nov 30.

About the Author:

Jonathan Kegges joined the News 6 team in June 2019 as the Weekend Morning Meteorologist. Jonathan comes from Roanoke, Virginia where he covered three EF-3 tornadoes and deadly flooding brought on by Hurricanes Florence and Michael.