Hurricane Henri: How the Storm Stacks Up Against Superstorm Sandy in 2012

by Matthew Wilson

Hurricane Henri is currently on a trajectory that bears a striking similarity to the costly and deadly Superstorm Sandy back in 2012. But for those afraid that history might be repeating itself, there are several differences between the two.

For one, it’s unlikely Henri winds up the “perfect” storm even though it’s following a similar path. According to the New York Post, several weather experts weighed in. Sandy ended up veering left back in 2012 and making landfall in New Jersey. As a result, the storm ended up devastating New York City and Jersey with flooding and strong wind gusts.

Meanwhile, Henri is headed for Long Island and New England, which probably isn’t much relief for those living in the projected path. But the path means Henri will probably do less damage on a smaller scale. The storm is expected to make landfall in Westhampton Beach sometime between 11 am and 2 pm.

“Henri is going to be like half a Sandy,” Coastal geologist Arum Terchunian told the outlet. “We’re going to see lower winds and storm surges, between three to five feet.”

Several people have feared a repeat of Sandy. Back in 2012, an Appalachian storm helped intensify Sandy to a terrifying degree before it made landfall. “Those two were feeding off of each other,” Randy Adkins, a senior meteorologist with Accuweather, said.

Hurricane Henri Prepares to Make Landfall

Likewise, there’s been an Appalachian storm during Henri’s trajectory as well. But while the Appalachian storm in 2012 aided Sandy in its intensity. The opposite is true in Henri’s case.

Adkins reported that the Appalachian storm is actually helping push the hurricane away. It’s not contributing to its intensity. Henri also hasn’t been intense as Sandy was while in the Caribbean. In fact, it’s only reached a Category 1 storm status as late as Friday. Not to undersell, Category 1s still have winds with a 75mph range. But they’re less destructive than say a Category 3.

That’s what Sandy was in 2012 on its way northward. Additionally, the 2021 hurricane may end up weakening into a tropical storm before landfall. Sandy ended up having winds up to 115 miles per hour and featured a worsened storm surge thanks to a full moon. Storm surge is still a factor with any hurricane, and people should seek safety and have precautions.

“It’s going to be a far cry from Sandy, where you saw amounts that were easily double if not triple that,” Adkins said.

Sandy lives in the minds of many in the New York and New Jersey area. For one, the storm caused 59 deaths in both states combined. It ended up becoming the deadliest storm to hit the Northeast since 1972. Additionally, it caused millions of dollars in damage and power outages across the region.