Tropical Storm Henri Approaches the NY Coast

Posted on: August 20th, 2021 by Leslie_Zucker

Atten­tion res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to the Catskills and Ashokan Reser­voir Watershed: 

The Nation­al Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter (NHC) is track­ing Trop­i­cal Storm Hen­ri as it approach­es the U.S. coast­line with pos­si­ble land­fall this Sun­day evening. Cur­rent­ly, Hen­ri is expect­ed to reach hur­ri­cane sta­tus before mak­ing land­fall near Long Island, NY. The pre­dict­ed storm track is cur­rent­ly east of the Catskills and Ashokan Reser­voir water­shed, but con­di­tions could change. Out­er bands of the storm could affect our region.

Track the storm path and mon­i­tor NOAA Nation­al Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter updates here: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov

Mon­i­tor the Nation­al Weath­er Ser­vice fore­cast for your area at: https://www.weather.gov

Streams and rivers are run­ning slight­ly above aver­age val­ues for this time of year and soils are some­what sat­u­rat­ed, mean­ing pre­cip­i­ta­tion from Hen­ri could rapid­ly raise water lev­els in local waterbodies.

Now is the time to pre­pare for the pos­si­bil­i­ty of intense weath­er, includ­ing rain­fall and flood­ing in our region. For more infor­ma­tion on how to pre­pare for a flood and what to do dur­ing one please vis­it the Ready.gov web­site on flood­ing: https://www.ready.gov/floods

The Catskills high peaks region in north­west Ulster Coun­ty receives more than 60 inch­es of rain each year on aver­age — some of the high­est totals in New York State. Steep moun­tain val­leys fun­nel water and increase the chances of river­ine flooding.

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