De Blasio declares NYC state of emergency over Hurricane Henri


Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a state of emergency as Hurricane Henri approached the city, warning New Yorkers to “stay in to the maximum extent possible.”

The storm is expected to make landfall on eastern Long Island on Sunday, with winds that might exceed 73 miles per hour.

The mayor said the storm could bring down some trees, and asked New Yorkers with property outside to “secure” it, at a press conference Saturday afternoon.

He also said the storm would likely cause power outages. Con Edison advised customers to charge their devices ahead of the storm.

“Please, take this storm seriously,” the Office of Emergency Management commissioner, John Scrivani, said at the press conference.

Three to six inches of rain are expected in the city, with more in certain areas. Scrivani said the South Bronx and northern Queens could both expect flooding.

The mayor has suspended outdoor dining through 6 a.m. Monday morning, and closed city beaches through Monday.

But de Blasio said the storm would “not affect” his pro-vaccination concert, scheduled for tonight in Central Park.

Hizzoner advised concertgoers to “go home right after,” however.

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