Tropical Storm Henri disrupts life in some of America’s richest vacation spots, as it prepares to make landfall on Long Island or southern New England.
Residents and vacationers alike were left with a decision to make as Henri made his way to the coast: stay or go. Henri was downgraded to a tropical storm on Sunday morning.
Under normal conditions, Boston residents usually came to the Bourne Bridge to enjoy weekend boat rides, but Henri had other plans. Residents took preventative action, pulling the boats out of the water and evacuating themselves.
“Damage from being tied to a dock is the worst thing that can exist for a boat because there is nowhere to go so you take them out,” Al Lheureux told Boston 25 News.
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Just under 30 minutes west of the popular weekend hangout, Cape Cod gas stations ran out of fuel. The Long Islanders can relate to the same event.
On the other hand, the sense of urgency did not immediately strike Hampton residents. This has finally changed.
“We have a lot of rich people. There is no doubt about it, but everyone is stepping up in an emergency,” said Southampton City Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. “So, you know, yeah, there are people hanging out on their yachts right now drinking martinis, but they’re also starting to talk about this storm and I’m sure they’ll want to be of assistance.”
Visitors to Fire Island were also forced to evacuate.
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A tropical storm warning was in effect Sunday for Manasquan Inlet New Jersey in Chatham Massachusetts, including Long Island and New York, and Block Island, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.
Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey, Ned Lamont of Connecticut and Andrew Cuomo of New York have all declared a state of emergency. President Biden has approved states of emergency in New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island.
Winds were expected to hit the northeast at 70 mph on Sunday morning with the storm bringing between 3 and 6 feet of rain to parts.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.