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Forecasters are keeping an eye on Henri’s path as it approaches New England

The hurricane appears to have sped up some, making it track more eastward, according to the National Weather Service. Montauk, N.Y., is where the storm is projected to make landfall on Sunday.

Early Saturday morning, a hurricane warning went into effect for the Rhode Island and Connecticut coasts, and areas inland. A tropical storm warning was issued for Cape Cod and Islands, and for locations in south-central Massachusetts.

Hurricane and tropical storm warnings were issued for Southern New England.
Hurricane and tropical storm warnings were issued for Southern New England.NWS
Storm surge warning in effect throughout the region.
Storm surge warning in effect throughout the region.NWS

The main hazards include damaging winds, flooding rain, and storm surge flooding. The most likely arrival time of tropical storm-force winds is Sunday morning, and as early as Saturday evening in parts of southern New England.

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The arrival time of tropical storm-force winds.
The arrival time of tropical storm-force winds.NWS

Heavy rainfall may lead to flash flooding, damaging winds, and storm surge, although the arrival of the storm near lower tide may help mitigate impact, the weather service said. Flood watches were issued for central parts of the state, and in all of Western Massachusetts. Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall may cause flash flooding in areas with small creeks and streams, urban areas, and low-lying spots. Forecasters predict between 2 to 6 inches of rain in these areas, with high amounts possible.

Expected rain from Henri.
Expected rain from Henri.NWS
Flooding is possible Sunday and Sunday night in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Western and Central Massachusetts.
Flooding is possible Sunday and Sunday night in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Western and Central Massachusetts.NWS

Most of Massachusetts is under “slight” or “marginal” risk for flash flooding, and areas in Western Massachusetts have the greatest potential for flash flooding Sunday and Sunday night, forecasters said.

Risk of flash flooding throughout the region.
Risk of flash flooding throughout the region.NWS

The storm should clear out of the area by sometime late Monday night, forecasters said.

The National Weather Service encourages people to start preparing for a possible hurricane by having extra cash on hand, filling up vehicles with gas, and buying non-perishable food in case power is lost.


Maria Elena Little Endara can be reached at mariaelena.littleendara@globe.com. Brittany Bowker can be reached at brittany.bowker@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @brittbowker. Lauren Booker can be reached at lauren.booker@globe.com.