The Dutch in the United States are preparing for Storm Henry

22-year-old Danielle van Rotselaer is from Utrecht, but she is currently studying at Brown University in Rhode Island. “The epicenter of the storm is expected to come above us,” she told RTL Nieuws.

The necessary measures were taken in her area: “Almost all public places are closed today. The university distributed emergency parcels with food, so that we do not have to leave the house. Yesterday I also wanted to buy extra food in a supermarket, but almost all the shelves were already empty ” .

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Previously, there was talk of a hurricane, but now Henry’s wind speed has decreased slightly, so that it is now called a tropical storm. “But the wind isn’t the biggest problem,” says Brian Verhoeven of Poinradar. “A huge amount of rain is expected, in some places more than 200 mm of rain.”

Henry is expected to peak in Rhode Island around 2 a.m. local time, but Danielle says the storm has already caused a lot of disruption. This morning the whole street was already flooded, up to the knee. And the wind is blowing more than ever in the Netherlands, and I think some trees are going to fall.”

The idea makes her very nervous. “It could be because the power was out, and it could take days to get back to normal. My roommates are Americans, they’ve tried this before. They’re a little less stressed than I am now. But the whole neighborhood is constantly searching: it seems like this area hasn’t seen such a This big storm from 30 years ago.”

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And this is a big problem, especially in big cities like New York. “Everything there is made of stone, concrete and buildings,” Verhoeven says. “The water can’t go anywhere. With such amounts of rain, you can count on great floods.”

Images of flooding in parts of the city, especially Brooklyn, have already been circulating on Twitter:

Monique Naglkerke, 62, has been sailing around the world with her husband for five years and is currently in Port Washington, about 30 kilometers from Manhattan. “Last night we were still with the boat in the Hudson, listening to a concert in Central Park. It was there that the shutdown ended, with all kinds of great artists. But halfway through, it was abruptly canceled because it was starting to thunder.”

‘Not real’

The couple has already prepared their boat perfectly against storms. The big sail is tied up. Anything loose can move and the flap can be pulled away. The boat is as empty as possible.”

Monique describes the current situation as unrealistic. Years ago, we’ve sailed all over the world and always managed to avoid violent storms. Now we’re at the end of our trip and then you get this – in New York for that matter. Even the residents here are amazed, they are not used to such sights.”

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