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Henri is expected to become a hurricane Friday

Henri is expected to become a hurricane Friday
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Posted at 8:05 PM, Aug 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-19 23:25:47-04

UPDATE 8/18/21 11 PM

The latest forecast track brings Henri closer to making landfall as at least a tropical storm in New England this weekend. It still isn't a hurricane with winds of 70 mph. Hurricane Watches will likely be issued for a portion of New England by Saturday.

FOX 4 CHIEF METEOROLOGIST DEREK BEASLEY

UPDATE 8/18/21 11 AM

Henri still isn't a hurricane with winds at 70 mph. Forecast takes it north Friday, strengthens it to a hurricane then a brush with Cape Cod by Monday morning of next week as a tropical storm.

FOX 4 CHIEF METEOROLOGIST DEREK BEASLEY

UPDATE 8/18/21 11 PM

Henri continues to strengthen with winds of 70 mph as of this advisory. The storm will move west then turn north by Friday and head toward New England. There is the potential for tropical storm force winds across New England this weekend, mainly on Sunday. The most likely areas to be affected would be Cape Cod, Nantucket and the rest of eastern Massachusetts including Boston and Rhode Island. Dangerous rip currents and high surf can be expected from the NC/SC coast northward to Maine.

FOX 4 CHIEF METEOROLOGIST DEREK BEASLEY

UPDATE 8/18/21 5 PM

Henri continues its loop around Bermuda with winds of 65 mph. The latest forecast models bring the storm to hurricane strength late this week, then begin a turn toward the north. This will bring the storm very close to the coast of New England by early next week. There is still uncertainty in the forecast track, but there is a chance that we could see a landfalling tropical system in New England for the first time in many years.

FOX 4 CHIEF METEOROLOGIST DEREK BEASLEY

UPDATE 8/18/21 11AM

Storms around Tropical Storm Henri have been increasing but winds remain at 65mph. It is moving west but is expected to turn to the north on Friday & then strengthen to become a hurricane. The track has been creeping just a bit to the west & now the cone includes the eastern part of the NE U.S. by Monday.

FOX 4 METEOROLOGIST CINDY PRESZLER

UPDATE 8/18/21 5 AM

Henri moving west with no change in strength.

Maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast through Thursday. However, Henri could still become a hurricane by the weekend. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 80 miles from the center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 998 mb.

FOX 4 MORNING METEOROLOGIST TRENT ARIC

UPDATE 8/17/21 11 PM

Henri has winds of 65, so no change from earlier. Still forecast to become a hurricane by Friday. The storm will make a loop around an area of high pressure over the Atlantic and avoid Bermuda. Some of the late computer model forecast runs from the GFS, the German ICON and some EPS Ensembles hint at a possible New England strike late-week if the the high pressure is stronger than forecast. Otherwise, most solutions still take it out to sea by this weekend.

FOX 4 CHIEF METEOROLOGIST DEREK BEASLEY

UPDATE 8/17/21 5PM

Tropical Storm Henri has strengthened to 65mph winds & has slowed down a bit. It is expected to curve to the NE eventually avoiding the US.

FOX 4 METEOROLOGIST CINDY PRESZLER

UPDATE 8/17/21 2PM

Henri has strengthened just a bit as it moves SE of Bermuda... winds are now up to 60mph. No other changes in the track as of 2pm.

FOX 4 METEOROLOGIST CINDY PRESZLER

UPDATE 8/17/21 11AM

Tropical Storm Henri is forecast to strengthen the next few days even though shear has been pushing the thunderstorms to the east of the center. It is gradually turning to the west & then eventually will turn to the NE by the weekend. Henri is noo threat to the U.S.

FOX 4 METEOROLOGIST CINDY PRESZLER

UPDATE 8/17/21 8 AM

Maximum sustained winds remain 50 mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is possible during the next day or so. Henri remains a small tropical cyclone. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1004 mb.

FOX 4 MORNING METEOROLOGIST TRENT ARIC

UPDATE 8/17/21 5 AM

Tropical Storm Henri strengthens a little this morning as it moves south.

On the forecast track, the center of Henri should pass well to the south of Bermuda late today or tonight. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 mph with higher gusts. Some additional strengthening is possible during the next day or so. Henri remains a small tropical cyclone. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1004 mb.

FOX 4 MORNING METEOROLOGIST TRENT ARIC

UPDATE 8/16/21 11 PM

Henri is forecast to tease Bermuda, rounding an area of high pressure this week before ejecting northeastward later this week. It will pose no direct threat to the U.S. Winds remain at 45 mph.

FOX 4 CHIEF METEOROLOGIST DEREK BEASLEY

UPDATE 8/16/21 5 PM

Henri formed this afternoon southeast of Bermuda. It is expected to move SSW then W then a turn northeast later this week, basically doing a loop around Bermuda. The storm poses no threat other than high surf and rip currents along the Outer Banks of NC, SC and VA.

FOX 4 CHIEF METEOROLOGIST DEREK BEASLEY

UPDATE 8/16/21 2PM

No changes since this morning... T.D. #8 is located 140 miles SE of Bermuda with 35mph winds. Next update will be at 5pm.

FOX 4 METEOROLOGIST CINDY PRESZLER

UPDATE 8/16/21

Tropical Depression #8 is expected to strengthen due to very warm water & limited shear. The next name on the list is Henri. It has been moving south but is forecast to turn & rotate around a mid-level high in the Atlantic.

Impacts are not expected for the U.S.

FOX 4 METEOROLOGIST CINDY PRESZLER

UPDATE 8/16/21 8 AM

Tropical Depression #8 continues moving south.

Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with higher gusts. Slow strengthening is forecast, and the system is forecast to become a tropical storm later today. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1012 mb.
This storm will curve safely in the Atlantic between Bermuda and the U.S. coastline in the days ahead.

FOX 4 MORNING METEOROLOGIST TRENT ARIC

UPDATE 8/16/21 5 AM

Tropical Depression #8 formed last night at 11pm near Bermuda and is likely to become Tropical Storm Henri later on this afternoon.
This storm will curve safely in the Atlantic between Bermuda and the U.S. coastline in the days ahead.

Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with higher gusts. Slow strengthening is forecast and the system is forecast to become a tropical storm later today. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1012 mb.

FOX 4 MORNING METEOROLOGIST TRENT ARIC

FIRST UPDATE 8/15/21 8 PM

The National Hurricane Center is monitoring one other area of concern which is a small, but well defined area of low pressure located about 150 miles northeast of Bermuda. This has a HIGH chance of development. In fact, environmental conditions are favorable for a tropical depression to develop tonight as it moves to the SSW at 5 mph. Upper level wind will take its toll starting Tuesday so further strengthening is not likely. Forecast models take this in a loop and back out to sea later in the week so there will be no threat from this to the United States.

FOX 4 METEOROLOGIST ERIC STONE

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