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Henri churns towards southern New England

Henri’s outer bands moved onshore in southern New England and Long Island early on Sunday (August 22) as the storm threatened the region with high winds, a dangerous storm surge and drenching rainfall.

By 10 a.m (1400gmt) Henri was about 60 miles (96 km) south of Providence, Rhode Island , the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

It was carrying top sustained winds of 65 mph (104 kph) and heading north. Henri was expected to make landfall on Long Island or southern New England later on Sunday, hitting land at or near hurricane strength, the center said.

More than 42 million people in the region were under a hurricane or tropical storm warning on Saturday, the NHC said.

The center warned that Henri could produce storm surges – when ocean waters are pushed above their normal level – of 3 to 5 feet (1 to 1.5 meters) in some areas, as well as bringing rainfall of 3-6 inches (7.5-15 cm).

Parts of Long Island and New Haven, Connecticut, were under hurricane and storm surge warnings. Other parts of New England, such as Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, were under surge and tropical storm watches and warnings.

(Production: Pavithra George)

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