5:00 PM UPDATE: Tropical Storm Henri has winds of 65 mph
Henri is expected to move closer to NC, but turn northward before reaching our shores.
GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Tropical Storm Henri dropped in wind speed Thursday evening, but still is a powerful storm.
At 5:00 p.m., Henri had maximum winds of 65 miles per hour,
Henri is located a few hundred miles southeast of the NC Coast. The storm is predicted to turn northwest on Friday.
The expected track brings Henri as close as about 100-200 miles off Cape Hatteras before continuing its northward track that should leave the center of the storm near the New England coast late Sunday. Because of the close pass to our coast, rip current threats will be high for our beaches through the weekend.
Henri is forecast to gain a little more strength, reaching Category 1 hurricane status before the increasing upper winds halt the trend. A high pressure system to the west of the Appalachians will help keep Henri from taking a turn towards Eastern NC. This high will also help keep the humid air in place over us even as Henri passes.
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