6 am Hurricane Henri Update

6 am Hurricane Henri Update

COVERAGE YOU CAN COUNT ON. THIS IS 12 NEWS NOW THIS MORNING. AND GOOD SUNDAY MORNING. WE ARE TRACKING HURRICANE HENRI AT 06:00AM ON THIS SUNDAY. THE STORM NOW HEADING STRAIGHT FOR BLOCK ISLAND. IT COULD ALSO SOUTHERN RHODE ISLAND COAST LATER TODAY. HERE’S A LIVE LOOK NOW NARRAGANSETT. YOU CAN SEE THE WAVES, THE HEIGHTS OF THOSE WAVES STARTING TO BUILD SOME OF TRAFFIC LIGHTS FLASHING DOWN THERE. RIGHT NEAR THE BEACH ALONG THE HIGHWAY. I’M NOT SURE IF THAT’S JUST A PLANNED EXERCISE BECAUSE THEY ARE SOME OF THE POWER. MICHAEL OUT. THAT’S JUST WHAT GOES ON AT 6 O’CLOCK IN MORNING ON SUNDAY MORNING. AS FAR AS THE TRAFFIC LIGHTS ARE CONCERNED. BUT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT LANDFALL SOON AND LOOK AT THE SIZE OF SOME OF THOSE WAVES DOWN THERE, NARRAGANSETT TOWN BEACH AND WE’RE SEEING THE WINDS, THE RAIN, EVERYTHING YOU MIGHT IMAGINE AS WE’RE PREPARING FOR THIS STORM. WE’RE ACTUALLY SEEING THOSE OUTER BANDS MOVING IN. WE WANT TO CHECK IN WITH METEOROLOGISTS MICHELLE, MOST GET HELLO BECAUSE WE’RE A LITTLE MORE THAN 100 MILES SOUTH OF PROVIDENCE RIGHT NOW. MICHELLE. AND THE OUTER BANDS OF THIS STORM ALREADY BEING FELT IN MOVING ON SHORE THIS MORNING. LATEST INFORMATION JUST IN FROM THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER. THIS IS STILL A CATEGORY ONE HURRICANE. INTENSITY OF IT PRETTY MUCH UNCHANGED OVERNIGHT. IT HAS 75 MILES PER HOUR. SUSTAINED WINDS IT EARLIER IN THE NIGHT WAS MOVING AT ABOUT 21 MILES PER HOUR. WE’VE STARTED TO SEE THAT SLOWING DOWN. IT’S STILL AT 18 MILES PER HOUR FOR ITS MOVEMENT NORTHWARD. BUT WE DO EXPECT A SLOWING IN ITS FORWARD SPEED AS IT APPROACHES BLOCK ISLAND AND THE COAST OF RHODE ISLAND. AND HERE’S THE LATEST FORECAST TRACK. YOU CAN SEE THE CENTER OF THE FORECAST EXPECTED NOW OVER BLOCK ISLAND IN THE EARLY AFTERNOON. SO BY 2 O’CLOCK, WE’RE EXPECTING THIS TO BE OVER THE MAINLAND OF RHODE ISLAND, SOUTHWEST RHODE ISLAND, SOUTH COUNTY, AS EITHER A STRONG TROPICAL STORM OR STILL A CATEGORY ONE HURRICANE. THERE’S NOT GOING TO BE MUCH DIFFERENCE AS FAR AS CO WHETHER THIS IS DECLARED A TROPICAL STORM AT LANDFALL OR A HURRICANE. BUT WHAT WE DO EXPECT IS THAT AS IT MOVES ONSHORE, IT WILL WEEKEND AND THAT TREND WILL CONTINUE. IS THIS STORM? IT’S A PUSH EASTWARD EARLY NEXT WEEK. SO VERY SLOW MOVEMENT WITH IT. AS FAR AS ANY WARNINGS OR ALERTS GO, THERE’S ONLY REALLY ONE CHANGE. THAT WAS IT TO EXPAND. THE TROPICAL STORM WARNING TO INCLUDE INTERIOR BRISTOL AND THE WESTERN PARTS OF PLYMOUTH COUNTY IN THE TROPICAL STORM WARNING. AND WE ARE SEEING SOME OF THOSE GUSTY WINDS AND HEAVY RAINFALL ALONG THE COASTLINE AND SPREADING INLAND AS THE CENTER OF THIS STORM CONTINUES TO SPIN TOWARDS THE COASTLINE RIGHT NOW THAT A NORTH NORTHWEST MOTION OF THE RAIN AND GUSTY WINDS WILL CONTINUE. AND SO YOU CAN SEE SOME OF THESE DOWNPOURS ACROSS SOUTH COUNTY RIGHT NOW. WINDS ARE STARTING TO PICK UP. THESE ARE SUSTAINED WINDS BETWEEN 1020 MILES PER HOUR. BUT WE’RE SEEING SOME GUSTS 30 TO 40 MILES PER HOUR BLOCK ISLAND, MARTHA’S VINEYARD, NANTUCKET AND THE WIND SPEEDS AND WIND GUSTS. WE’LL CONTINUE TO ONE THING THAT WE’VE GOT OUR EYE ON FOR THIS MORNING IS THE APPROACHING HIGH TIDE. IT’S AT 7.46. IN PROVIDENCE, A 10 IN NARRAGANSETT BLOCK 11. SO WE’LL BE WATCHING FOR ANY STORM SURGE. WE’RE MORE CONCERNED ABOUT THE EVENING HIGH TIDE, ESPECIALLY BECAUSE THE STORM TRACK HAS SHIFTED JUST SLIGHTLY EAST AND A SLOW DOWN. JUST A LITTLE A LOT OF DETAILS TO GET TO ON THE FORECAST OF THIS STORM COMING UP IN JUST A FEW MINUTES. I WAS THANK YOU. WANT TO PUT IT. IN PLACE THIS MORNING. KAYLA FISH IS HERE WITH US. KATE WALSH, COURTNEY CARTER, SO WE’LL HAVE YOU COVERED IN ALL CORNERS OF THE STATE TODAY. YEAH. METEOROLOGIST BRITTNEY TRUM P ALONGSIDE MICHELLE’S. WELL, THE WEATHER CENTER ALL MORNING LONG ALREADY STARTING TO GET ROUGH OUT NEAR THE SHORE AND THEY’RE AGAINST IT. AS WE SHOWED YOU EARLIER WITH A LIVE PICTURE, YOU CAN SEE THE WAVES ALREADY CHURNING UP THE WATERS DOWN THERE. THIS IS A VIDEO CERTAINLY NARRAGANSETT TO AN AREA TO WATCH TODAY. OFFICIALS ARE URGING EVERYONE TO STAY HOME TODAY, ESPECIALLY IF YOU LIVE NEAR THE SHORELINE REPORT. KAYLA FISH JOINING US NARRAGANSETT. AND YOU CAN SEE WE’RE ALREADY LOOKING STORMY OUT THERE. KAYLA. YEAH, GOOD MORNING, DANIELLE AND PATRICK, AS SEE ON THE RADAR, THE BANDS OF WIND AND RAIN AND WE CAN CERTAINLY FEEL THAT HERE THIS MORNING. THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON EVER SINCE WE GOT HERE WIND AND RAIN. AND OF COURSE, THOSE BIG WAVES THAT ALWAYS COME WITH STORMS HERE ALONG OCEAN DRIVE IN NARRAGANSETT. I’M GOING TO STEP OUT OF THE WAY TO GIVE YOU A CLOSER LOOK AT EXACTLY WHAT WE’RE SEEING THIS MORNING. OF COURSE, IF THESE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO WORSEN THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND NORMALLY THIS AREA BRINGS A LOT OF SURFERS. A LOT OF ONLOOKERS, PEOPLE WHO WANT TO CHECK OUT THE WAVES. WELL, HOPEFULLY NOT. TODAY. THE PARKS AND REC DIRECTOR TELLS ME THAT NARRAGANSETT TOWN BEACH WILL BE CLOSED. THE GATES ARE LOCKED AND SURFERS AND ONLOOKERS WILL BE TURNED AWAY. FOR SAFETY REASONS. THAT’S BECAUSE THIS STORM IS BRINGING WITH IT. THAT DANGEROUS STORM SURGE, THE HIGH RISK OF WHIPPED RIP CURRENTS RATHER AND THOSE LARGE DANGEROUS WAVES. EVEN SO WE SAW PEOPLE OUT HERE AROUND 4.30, THIS MORNING TRYING TO GET A GLIMPSE BEFORE IT GETS WORSE. FOR NOTHING THAT BUT IT’S GOING TO TAKE IT’S GOING TO BE READY FOR IT. NOW AGAIN, STATE POLICE ARE ASKING LOCAL POLICE ALONG COASTAL AREAS TO RESTRICT ACCESS ALONG THE COAST TO LOCAL ACCESS ONLY IN AN EFFORT TO KEEP PEOPLE AWAY BECAUSE THESE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO WORSEN AS THE DAY GOES ON. WE’LL CONTINUE TO UPDATE YOU LIVE ON THE CONDITIONS AS WE SEE THEM HERE IN NARRAGANSETT. BUT FOR NOW LIVE IN 12 NEWS. KAYLA, THANK YOU. CITY OF NEW BEDFORD ALSO TAKING PRECAUTIONS. THEY’VE CLOSED DOWN THEIR BEACHES FOR TAPER THEY DID THAT ABOUT 8 LAST NIGHT. 12 NEWS REPORTER KAIT WALSH JOINS US NOW LIVE BY THE HURRICANE BARRIERS WITH THE VERY LATEST ON THE CONDITIONS IN THAT PART OF THE AREA. GOOD MORNING, KATE. GOOD MORNING, GUYS. YEAH, THE RAIN HAS JUST PICKED UP IN THE PAST 2 OR 3 MINUTES ACTUALLY. BUT WE’RE ACTUALLY PROTECTED BECAUSE WE’RE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE HURRICANE BARRIER AND ESSENTIALLY DOING ITS JOB. FOR EXAMPLE, I WALKED RIGHT ON THE OTHER SIDE A FEW MINUTES AGO AND GOT SOAKED IMMEDIATELY. SO TECH TO HEAR IT’S WORSE ON THE OTHER SIDE. BUT LOOK RIGHT BEHIND US HERE. YOU CAN SEE THIS GATE. IT’S BLOCKED OFF THE HARBOR WALK. IT’S PART OF THE CITY’S WARNINGS TO KEEP PEOPLE AWAY FROM THE WATER. AND IF YOU TAKE A LOOK RIGHT OVER HERE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF WHERE WE’RE STANDING, YOU CAN SEE THE STREET GATE OF THE HURRICANE BARRIER ON EAST RODNEY FRENCH BOULEVARD AND THE CITY SAID THAT THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS MIGHT ACTUALLY WATER AND THE CITY MIGHT CLOSE UP THIS ONE. IF IT GETS BAD AND TAKE A LOOK AT THE VIDEO FROM EARLIER TODAY THIS MORNING OUT IN THE WATER ON OUR DRIVE HERE, WE NOTICED LARGE BOATS, THE C STREET FERRIES AHEAD TO NANTUCKET AND MARTHA’S VINEYARD ALL DOCKED IN PORT. WE SAW SOME YACHTS TO IN THE DISTANCE THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND. BOAT OWNERS RUSHED TO HAVE THEIR IS REMOVED FROM THE SEA WHILE THEY COULD OTHERS WHO WAITED TOO LONG. WE’RE TOLD THAT THEY COULDN’T TAKE IT OUT AND TIE TO EXTRA LINES DOWN TO SECURE THE BOATS. THAT’S TOO LATE. NOW, OF COURSE, THE MESSAGE FROM MAYOR MITCHELL AT THIS POINT IS TO STAY INDOORS TODAY. DON’T COME ANYWHERE NEAR STARTING SATURDAY INTO OFF BEACHES ARE 1 THEY’RE EXPECTING A STORM SURGE OF 3 TO 5 FEET. AND BECAUSE WE’RE RIGHT BY THE OPEN OCEAN, HENCE THE REASON FOR THIS HURRICANE BARRIER THAT EXPECTED TO BE MOST VISIBLE IN THIS AREA LATER THIS MORNING. THIS IS ONE OF AT LEAST 3 GATES OF THE HURRICANE BARRIER PROTECTING THE CITY FROM POTENTIAL ON WEST RODNEY FRENCH BOULEVARD AND PAID AN AVENUE. I ALSO SPOKE WITH THE PEOPLE OPERATING THE HURRICANE BARRIER AND THEY SAID THAT THEY CLOSE THE GATE ON THE WATER. 25 TO 30 TIMES A YEAR. THEY ALWAYS HAVE TO MAINTAIN A CERTAIN LEVEL OF THE WATER. SO THEY’RE LOOKING AT THAT LATER ON THIS MORNING AT HIGH TIDE. FOR NOW, WE’RE LIVE IN NEW BEDFORD. I’M KAIT WALSH. 12 NEWS. THANKS THE UPDATE. AND IF YOU LOSE POWER WHEN HURRICANE HENRI HITS, WE DO HAVE THESE IMPORTANT NUMBERS. IF YOU HAVEN’T RUN THEM DOWN, YOU MIGHT WANT TO DO SO TO KEEP THEM HANDY BECAUSE WE ARE EXPECTING OUTAGES. YOU CAN FIND THE NUMBERS THAT WE HAVE RIGHT HERE AS WELL. WPRI DOT COM IS THE PLACE TO GO. AND WITH HURRICANE HENRI ON ITS WAY, GOVERNOR MCKEE AND THE RHODE ISLAND EMA WILL HOST 2 BRIEFINGS TODAY. THE FIRST ONE IS SCHEDULED FOR 10 O’CLOCK THIS MORNING. SECOND ONE AT 4 IN THE AFTERNOON. WE WILL, OF COURSE, CARRY BOTH BRIEFINGS ON AIR AND ONLINE LIVE ON WPRI DOT COM. 12 NEWS IS WE’RE TRACKING HURRICANE HENRI AROUND THE CLOCK. MICHELLE HAVE UPDATED FORECAST IN JUST A COUPLE OF MINUTES. BRITTANY TRUM P ALSO HERE IN THE PINPOINT WEATHER CENTER AS ALWAYS DO DURING THE STORMS, WE LIKE TO SEE HOW THE WEATHER IS IN YOUR NECK OF THE WOODS. IF IT’S SAFE TO DO SO. E-MAIL PHOTOS, VIDEO SHOW YOU SHOOT THE VIDEO HORIZONTALLY AS WELL TO REPORTED AT WPRI DOT COM. YOU CAN ALSO UPLOAD CONTENT ON OUR WEBSITE OR THERE ARE APPS DOWNLOAD THE APP BY HOLDING YOUR SMARTPHONE RIGHT THERE OVER THE QR CODE AT THE BOTTOM
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