After the video above was posted, the Five Boro Bike Tour was postponed. To keep track of all weekend events and their statuses due to Henri’s future landfall, see our guide here.
JONES BEACH, Long Island — Henri is on course to be the first hurricane in three decades to strike Long Island as it makes its way toward the area. Though Superstorm Sandy left severe damage in its wake nearly 10 years ago, the storm was no longer a hurricane when it made landfall.
Henri, though, is expected to make landfall as a category 1 hurricane, so emergency managers, public officials, and event organizers are all bracing for the incoming storm to leave significant damage.
Steve Bellone, the Suffolk County executive, warned that this storm could be highly unpredictable, and said that whether or not it makes a direct hit, it poses a real danger to residents, with storm surge and hurricane force winds likely to come.
“What you can expect [are] trees coming down, electrical wires coming down,” he said, “and that means power outages.”
PSEG, the utility company that serves most of Long Island, warned that customers should prepare for seven to 10 days without electricity because of the storm.
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran was incensed over the warning.
“Potential seven to 10 day power outages are unacceptable,” Curran said in a statement. “While we are all hoping for the best outcome this weekend, PSEG must call in additional crews who are prepared to respond to our resident’s outages.”
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont declared a state of emergency.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered all New York City beaches closed on Sunday and Monday, when Henri is expected to have the biggest impact.
On Friday morning, he also said the Homecoming Concert set for Saturday evening on the Great Lawn in Central Park is likely to go ahead, no matter what the weather looks like.
“We feel good about the weather in terms of the concert Saturday,” the mayor said during his weekly appearance on WNYC public radio. “[The] bigger question [is] for the bike tour Sunday,” he said, in reference to the TD Five Boro Bike Tour, scheduled for Sunday.
Later Friday night, the event was officially postponed.
“Safety is our first priority,” said CEO Ken Podziba, before the decision to postpone the event had been made.
Depending on the track of the storm, it could drop enough rain to have local road flooding.
About 20,000 cyclists were signed up for the event.