Although Hurricane Henri is due to track well off the coast of New Jersey, it is going to have some impacts along the Shore’s barrier islands, forecasters said, and the Philadelphia region is likely to have another encounter with tropical storm moisture during the weekend.
With the full moon and the storm passing by, minor tidal flooding is expected at the beaches at the evening high tides Saturday and Sunday, and “dangerous” rip currents are almost a certainty through Sunday, the National Weather Service said.
In short, move the car from low-lying streets, and stay out of the water. Henri is likely to churn the ocean into an angry mood.
“It will be interesting to look at,” said Patrick O’Hara, meteorologist at the Mount Holly office.
Rain will be the primary concern on the mainland, and a flood watch was in effect for the entire region until Monday morning. An upper-level system could lure some of Henri’s moisture northward, making heavy showers a possibility on Saturday.
You might have noticed that the atmosphere continues to feel like a wet blanket, further increasing the chances for heavy rains, including in areas that received more than a month’s worth Wednesday night into Thursday morning.
Henri was 180 miles south of Cape Hatteras, N.C., late Saturday morning, having just grown into a hurricane with peak winds of 75 mph, just 1 mph above minimal hurricane status.
It was forecast to track north and make landfall on Long Island Sunday afternoon. All subject to change.