The National Hurricane Center has issued a rare hurricane watch for parts of New England, warning that Tropical Storm Henri will likely develop into a hurricane before making landfall on the northeastern U.S. coast this weekend.
“If Henri strikes southeast New England as a hurricane this weekend, it will be the first direct hurricane landfall since Bob in 1991,” National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration spokesman Chris Vaccaro told NPR.
Henri’s maximum sustained winds grew to 70 mph on Friday, making it “almost a hurricane,” the NHC said in its 2 p.m. ET update. Hurricanes have sustained winds of at least 74 mph.