First Alert Forecast: Henri worth watching closely, high rip current risk through the weekend

Published: Aug. 19, 2021 at 1:34 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 19, 2021 at 8:48 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Great to see you late on this Thursday. Your Thursday featured hot and steamy sunshine across the Cape Fear Region. Wilmington saw a high of 94 and heat index topping out at 106. At night, it’s been a struggle lately to see temperatures drop below 70, particularly in Wilmington. That pattern will continue for the foreseeable future, with upper 70s mainly for tonight.

The tropics remain active. Grace made landfall along Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula Thursday morning. Toggling between hurricane and tropical storm status, it will strengthen in the southern Gulf of Mexico, and, finally, make landfall on the mainland of Mexico. Henri, breaking away from Bermuda, will maintain strong tropical storm or hurricane strength as it makes an important turn north by the weekend. The Cape Fear Region is likely to avoid direct impacts from Henri; enhanced swell and dangerous rip current activity is likely Friday and Saturday. Henri is a direct threat to southern New England Sunday and Monday.

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