States of Emergency, Evacuation Orders in Force in N.Y., Connecticut, Rhode Island as Henri Bears Down

By Kurt Stolz on 21 August 2021
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The statue “Unsolicited Advice” by G. Seward Johnson Jr. on Main Street in Stamford

As Hurricane Henri made its way to landfall in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for New York City, Long Island, and numerous counties on the mainland, a move echoed by Governors Ned Lamont and Daniel McKee in Connecticut and Rhode Island, respectively.

“New Yorkers are no strangers to the damage that is possible after dealing with a hurricane – we experienced it with Superstorm Sandy and Henri is set to be that level of storm,” the governor said in a press conference Saturday.

“Plan for power outages, stock up on necessary supplies and avoid flooding areas. The state is deploying resources and we will do everything we can to ensure damage is minimal and the people of this state stay safe,” Cuomo said.

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Administration announced that there would be no Long Island Rail Road service east of Patchogue on the Montauk Branch or to and from Greenpoint.  In addition, the MTA said that service on the entire New Haven Line and the Wassaic Branch of the Harlem Line will also be suspended.

“Metro-North territory is particularly vulnerable to high winds due to trees and overhead power wires,” said Metro-North’s president, Catherine Rinaldi.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the city’s subway would continue to run until further notice, however, and underscored that the city’s “We Love New York: The Homecoming Concert” in Central Park would take place Saturday night. 

A vaccinated audience of tens of thousands of people are expected to attend to hear artists that include Bruce Springsteen and Paul Simon.

Meanwhile, airlines including JetBlue Airways and United Airlines have already cancelled several hundred flights in and out of airports in the northeast in advance of the storm.  These carriers as well as American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and others are issuing travel waivers to allow flyers to make changes to their itineraries if they are traveling to or from storm-impacted areas.

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