NYC Homecoming concert is dramatically CANCELLED amid hurricane

NYC ‘Homecoming’ gig is dramatically HALTED and thousands are evacuated from Central Park amid lightning strikes as Hurricane Henri barrels down on the city: State of Emergency declared in NY and CT and 55M are under storm warnings

  • New York City’s homecoming concert has been dramatically cancelled half way through and revelers were told to leave Central Park immediately
  • NYC is under a State of Emergency due to Hurricane Henri
  • But the ‘We Love NYC, The Homecoming Concert’ pushed ahead on the Great Lawn in Central Park 
  • On Saturday a sea of unmasked New Yorkers packed Central Park to watch a star-studded line up of performers as Hurricane Henri is on the horizon
  • Henri is set to make landfall in Long Island or southern New England late Saturday or early Sunday with winds that could reach 80 mph
  • Hurricane Henri is expected to bring serious wind damage to the east coast, 3 to 6 inches of rain and up to 5 feet of storm surge
  • Earlier today de Blasio announced NYC is under a Tropical Storm Warning and to expect strong winds and rain to begin late Saturday through Sunday
  • The concert comes as COVID cases have surged in New York City, with the the Delta variant now accounting for 94 percent of all positive samples

New York City’s homecoming concert has been dramatically halted half way through and revelers were told to leave Central Park immediately and seek shelter as Hurricane Henri barreled down on the city.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC officials had ignored a tropical storm watch for the Big Apple ahead of the concert, and planned to push ahead.

But just after 7:30pm, de Blasio came onstage to tell concertgoers to leave the ‘We Love NYC, The Homecoming Concert’ on the Great Lawn in Central Park, and seek shelter as thunderstorms started.

Barry Manilow was part way through singing ‘I Can’t Smile Without You’ when concertgoers were told to ‘quickly and calmly proceed to the nearest exit’.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said: ‘We need everyone for brief period of time to move to some place safe because of thunder and lightening, and then we will bring the concert back.’

New York City is under a State of Emergency due to incoming Hurricane Henri. 

New York City’s homecoming concert has been dramatically cancelled half way through and revelers were told to leave Central Park immediately and seek shelter as Hurricane Henri barreled down on the city

Officials had ignored a tropical storm watch for the Big Apple and insisted that the homecoming concert would continue as planned

On Saturday a sea of unmasked New Yorkers packed Central Park to watch a star-studded line up of performers as Hurricane Henri is on the horizon.

On Saturday a sea of unmasked New Yorkers packed Central Park to watch a star-studded line up of performers as Hurricane Henri is on the horizon

Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson performs with New York Philharmonic onstage during We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert on Saturday

Andrea Bocelli performs onstage with the New York Philharmonic during We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert Saturday 

Carlos Santana performs during We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert Produced by NYC on Saturday

Mayor Bill de Blasio mask up for Saturday’s  We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert in Central Park

Chuck Schumer riles the crows up during Saturday’s We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert

On Saturday a sea of unmasked New Yorkers packed Central Park to watch a star-studded line up of performers as Hurricane Henri is on the horizon. 

Big name headliners including Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen and Jennifer Hudson had entertained a crowd of up to 60,000 in Central Park. 

Also set to perform were Andrea Bocelli, Carlos Santana, Jon Batiste, Kane Brown, LL Cool J, Elvis Costello, Earth, Wind & Fire and others. 

Organized by Brooklyn-born music mogul Clive Davis, the concert was meant to celebrate New York City’s reopening after the pandemic, despite rising COVID cases nationwide.

NYC’s largest concert since the pandemic began in early 2020, the free show was only open to attendees over the age of 12 who provide proof of vaccination, and won’t be required to wear masks.  

Henri is set to make landfall in Long Island or southern New England late Saturday or early Sunday at or near hurricane strength, with winds that could reach 80 mph

Earlier today de Blasio announced NYC is under a Tropical Storm Warning and to expect strong winds and rain to begin late Saturday through Sunday

Henri has sparked New York to declare a state of emergency as the Hamptons braced for a direct hit on Saturday. The storm is set to make landfall in Long Island or southern New England late Saturday or early Sunday at or near hurricane strength, with winds that could reach 80 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.

Former President Bill Clinton was seen at a charity softball game in the Hamptons while others were pictured boarding up their in advance of the impending tropical storm – which is expected to make landfall as a Category 1 hurricane.

President Joe Biden participated in a phone call with northeastern governors, as well as FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell and Homeland Security Advisor Liz Sherwood-Randall, to discuss Hurricane Henri’s anticipated landfall on Long Island and southern New England on Sunday.

According to a readout of the call, they discussed how governors are ‘working closely’ with FEMA and the National Guard to prepare to respond to impacts from the storm – including possible widespread power outages, coastal storm surges, and inland flooding.

Criswell said FEMA is positioning 700 response personnel and materials including meals, tarps, and generators, according to the readout. 

‘Additionally, the President and other participants discussed the need to prevent the spread of COVID-19 through the use of vaccines, masks, and social distancing if sheltering is required,’ according to the readout.

In a briefing on Saturday afternoon, Cuomo warned that Hurricane Henri is ‘as serious as a heart attack’ and New York residents in parts of Long Island, particularly Fire Island, need to prepare to evacuate to higher ground as soon as possible. 

‘We have short notice. We’re talking about tomorrow. If you have to move, if you have to stock up, if you have to get to higher ground it has to be today,’ Cuomo said. 

He added that the storm is predicted to be as dangerous as Superstorm Sandy in 2012, ‘so, this is as serious as a heart attack’.

The State of Emergency is in place for Long Island, New York City, Westchester County, the Hudson Valley and the Capital Region. 

Cuomo said Henri is forecasted to make landfall 7am on Sunday with the eye of the storm passing over Long Island by 11am. The storm is expected to batter the state for 26 hours before it subsides around 2pm on Monday. 

He added that there will be delays or cancellations to flights, and that passengers should check with their airlines to see if their travel plans were still on track. In Long Island, most train services will be suspended from midnight and the MTA is considering shutting down the Harlem line.  

At least 500 National Guard troops will be deployed today, and the State Police will have 1,000 staff on duty. 

Earlier on Saturday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced NYC is under a Tropical Storm Warning and to expect strong winds and rain to begin late Saturday through Sunday. 

‘Right now, from what we’re hearing, the real impacts are tomorrow but we want to start warning people now, we want you to make your plans the right way, to really minimize activity tomorrow to the maximum extent possible,’ de Blasio said during a Saturday press briefing. 

‘Stay off the roads, stay indoors, there’s going to be heavy winds, a lot of rain, we could definitely be seeing some trees falling down, we need people to be safe so I’m telling you now so you can alter your plans, prepare your plans for tomorrow. Stay in, to the maximum extent possible.’  

People were seen evacuating popular beach communities and making last-minute runs on batteries and gasoline as Hurricane Henri churned closer to Long Island and southern New England on Saturday. Officials pleaded with the millions of people in the storm’s path to brace themselves for torrential rain and storm surges. 

Intense winds and potentially dangerous tidal surges were expected as far east as Cape Cod and as far west as the New Jersey shore, and utilities warned ensuing power outages could last a week or even more. Governors urged people to stay home during the brunt of the storm.

Henri was veering a bit further west than originally expected, placing eastern Long Island in its bull’s-eye rather than New England. That gave people directly in the storm’s path less time to prepare.

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