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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