Gov. Andrew Cuomo declares state of emergency as Hurricane Henri travels up northeast coast

Andrew Cuomo on Saturday declared a state of emergency ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Henri and called out 500 National Guard troops to respond to the storm, in one of his final acts before he steps down from office Monday at midnight.

“This is as serious as a heart attack,” Cuomo said during a midday press conference of the storm, which could deal a direct blow to eastern Long Island when it hits sometime on Sunday. Cuomo noted that the relatively short warning people have gotten about Henri might catch some off guard, but he said that residents should still take it seriously as it will bring a deluge of rain, heavy winds and dangerous storm surge, even if it is downgraded to a tropical storm before making landfall.

The declaration includes all five boroughs, Suffolk, Nassau, Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange, Dutchess, Sullivan, Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Broome, Chenango, Otsego, Rensselaer, Schoharie counties. As of Saturday morning, Hurricane Henri was moving over the Atlantic about 180 miles east of Cape Hatteras, N.C., and 465 miles south of Montauk Point, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

Randy Adkins, senior meteorologist at AccuWeather, told the Advance/ that in terms of landfall, Henri is still poised to hit Long Island and parts of New England. “It looks like the NYC metro area should be largely spared of the strongest winds from the storm,” Adkins said. “Though if the storm were to shift slightly to the west, the area could see worsening conditions.” Under the current storm track, Cuomo also said New York City would be “largely spared” by the storm, with heavy rainfall and some flooding.



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