The westward shift continues! On the verge of hurricane status with a 90 mph peak projected:
From the NHC: The models continue their westward shift, and the NHC track forecast has again been adjusted in that direction and no longer shows a northeastward motion out to sea. In particular, the westward adjustment at day 5 was a sizable 150 miles, and even with this shift the NHC forecast is still a little to the east of some of the consensus aids.
1. The forecast track of Henri has shifted toward the northeast coast of the U.S. this weekend and early next week, increasing the risk of direct storm surge, wind, and rain impacts in portions of the northeastern U.S. and Atlantic Canada during that time. Interests in these areas should closely follow the progress of Henri and check for updates to the forecast.
2. Swells from Henri will begin to reach much of the east coast of the U.S. and Atlantic Canada by the end of the week and continue through the weekend. These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip currents.
FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS
INIT 18/2100Z 29.9N 67.6W 60 KT 70 MPH 12H 19/0600Z 29.8N 69.0W 60 KT 70 MPH 24H 19/1800Z 29.8N 70.7W 60 KT 70 MPH 36H 20/0600Z 30.1N 72.3W 65 KT 75 MPH 48H 20/1800Z 31.0N 73.2W 70 KT 80 MPH 60H 21/0600Z 32.7N 72.7W 75 KT 85 MPH 72H 21/1800Z 35.2N 71.7W 80 KT 90 MPH 96H 22/1800Z 39.3N 70.0W 70 KT 80 MPH 120H 23/1800Z 41.4N 69.8W 60 KT 70 MPH