As Henri Heads For New England, NOAA Upgrades Hurricane Forecast

NOAA Hurricane Season Upgrades

With incredible timing, as tropical storm Henri heads toward New England, the annual mid-season update issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts a 65% likelihood of an above-normal 2021 Atlantic hurricane season due to current atmospheric and oceanic conditions.

“After a record-setting start, the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season does not show any signs of relenting as it enters the peak months ahead,” NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad, Ph.D., said.

The NOAA’s May prediction was 13 to 20 named storms with winds 39 mph or greater and six to 10 hurricanes with winds of 74 mph or greater. Now, experts expect 15 to 21 named storms and seven to 10 hurricanes. Three to five of these hurricanes could become major, meaning winds are 111 mph or greater.

Henri Approaches New England

Henri marks the first time in 30 years New England is facing the possibility of a direct landfall hit, while also being just the first hurricane watch in ten years for the communities of the Southern New England. Strong winds, heavy rain, and surges that could potentially lead to 3 to 5 feet of water are all expected Sunday into Monday of this weekend.

“Now is the time for families and communities to ensure their preparations are in place,” National Weather Service Director Louis W. Uccellini, Ph.D., said. “These storms can be devastating, so be prepared for all possible outcomes by staying tuned to the forecast and following safety information and possible evacuation notifications issued by emergency officials.” Our July blog post noting Elsa's Kick Off of 2021 Atlantic Storm Season reviews the precautions to take before a storm, how to best endure a storm and what to do in the aftermath.  See more hurricane preparedness tips in our infographic at the end of this blog post.

The updated forecast is unwelcome news for property owners on the east coast of the United States and on the Gulf of Mexico. The new forecast serves as a reminder to stay vigilant throughout the remainder of the Atlantic hurricane season and to take proactive steps to protect their property and loved ones.

Visit the NOAA website for more information on the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season.

Hurricane Preparedness Tips Infographic