There are two hurricanes in the Americas at the moment.
Hurricane Grace made landfall over the weekend in Mexico, triggering torrential rain and high winds. This resulted in power cuts and flooding, along with the worst damage that has occurred within the state of Veracruz. Winds reached up to 200km/hour, with eight deaths reported since the hurricane landed.
Since landing, Hurricane Grace has weakened to a tropical storm as it continues to move inland. Many trees have been torn from the ground, and streets have become rivers of mud. The storm has become one of the most powerful in years to hit the country’s Gulf coast.
Earlier last week, Hurricane Grace hit Mexico’s Caribbean, causing power outages for nearly 700,000 people.
Hurricane Henri is threatening the U.S. east coast, and begun to hit land in recent hours. The three states of Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York have all been warned that residents could lose power for multiple days. Potentially dangerous tidal surges are also expected. The U.S. National Hurricane Center warned “this is a life-threatening situation. Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other dangerous conditions”.
New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo (his resignation comes into effect this week) issued a state of emergency for certain parts of the state, urging people to stock up and move to higher ground. 500 National Guard soldiers were also deployed in anticipation of response efforts.
Long Island in New York, as well as New England (a region of states including Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont) are expected to be hit the hardest from the hurricane.