Connecticut in Tropical Storm Henri's predicted path, but it's still 'very early,' meteorologist says

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Connecticut remains in Tropical Storm Henri’s forecast cone, the National Hurricane Center said Wednesday evening.

Henri is on track to hit the Northeast this weekend and early next week. The coast, as well as parts of Canada, are at-risk for direct storm surge and wind, the National Hurricane Center said in a 5 p.m. advisory Wednesday.

“Henri is expected to become a hurricane on Friday,” the National Hurricane Center said.

It is possible the forecast could change in the coming days, but as of Wednesday evening, it showed the storm reaching Connecticut Sunday into Monday.

Garry Lessor, the chief meteorologist at the Connecticut Weather Center at Western Connecticut State University, said as the storm approaches, there will definitely be modifications in the forecast.

“It’s still very, very early,” Lessor said.

“There’s a wide range of possibilities,” he said, offering that the storm could make landfall near New Jersey and then come up.

“It’s very early in the game of hurricane predictions,” he added.

At this point, Lessor said there’s no need to run out and stock up on groceries and water, but that could change later in the week.

“There’s too many variables we’re waiting on right now,” he added.

The storm’s maximum sustained winds have increased to 70 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said Wednesday evening.

Swells from Henri will begin to reach most of the East Coast by the end of the week and continue through the weekend, the National Hurricane Center said.

“These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip currents,” the National Hurricane Center said.