Tropical storm Henri path tracker – Live coverage as storm downgraded from hurricane before hitting Rhode Island

NEW York and New Jersey were both hit by floods on Sunday as Tropical Storm Henri made landfall in Rhode Island.

Henri made landfall at 12.15pm ET in Rhode Island on Sunday — and the storm's strong winds left tens of thousands of homes without power and flooding was seen along the coast, from New Jersey up to Massachusetts, AP News reports.

Some towns in New Jersey saw up to 8 inches of rain by midday Sunday, in an occurrence which Gov. Phil Murphy told News 12NJ was "a big rain event."

The governor urged people not to drive, saying: "It’s a good day to stay home."

Henri's afternoon arrival comes after the storm was downgraded from a hurricane, however, it still brought in wind gusts of up to 70 mph.

Prior to the storm's arrival, a state of emergency had been declared for parts of New York after Storm Henri was declared a hurricane.

The National Weather Service's Eastern Region took to Twitter at around 8am ET Sunday to say that "passing over the colder waters north of the Gulf Stream has caused Henri to weaken to a Tropical Storm with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph hour with higher gusts."

Additionally, President Joe Biden approved the emergency declarations for Connecticut and New York, the White House revealed.

Pictures from New York showed flooding swamping parts of the city as record levels of rain swept in as the hurricane barrels across the Atlantic.

Read our Hurricane Henri live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Laura Gesualdi-Gilmore

    HEAVY RAINS BROKE NYC RECORDS

    On Saturday the rains that shut down the We Love NYC comeback concert in Central Park were so heavy they broke records.

    From 10 to 11pm, 1.94 inches of rain fell on Central Park.

    According to the Weather Service, that was the most ever recorded in the city in a single hour.

  • Laura Gesualdi-Gilmore

    WHERE WILL RAIN CONTINUE?

    Henri is expected to continue dumping rain in parts of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire through Monday night.

    Another three inches of rain is possible in some areas.

  • Laura Gesualdi-Gilmore

    HENRI WEAKENING, FLOODING STILL EXPECTED

    The National Hurricane Center said that Henri was weakening on Sunday night, but several areas should still expect heavy rainfall and possible flooding.

  • Danielle Cinone

    LIST OF MAJOR STORMS AND HURRICANES SINCE 2000

    Some of the major storms and hurricanes since 2000 include:

    • Tropical Storm Allison (2001)
    • Hurricane Isabel (2003)
    • Hurricane Charlie (2004)
    • Hurricane Jeanne (2004)
    • Hurricane Dennis (2005)
    • Hurricane Katrina (2005)
    • Hurricane Rita (2005)
    • Hurricane Ike (2008)
    • Hurricane Sandy (2012)
    • Hurricane Maria (2017)
    • Hurricane Dorian (2019)
    • Hurricane Zeta (2020)
    • Tropical Storm Eta (2020)
    • Tropical storms Amanda and Cristobal (2020)
    • Tropical Storm Claudette (2021)

    Of this list, Hurricane Katrina of 2005 caused the most fatalities and damage with 1,833 total deaths and over $10 billion in total damages.

    Tropical storms such as Amanda and Cristobal in 2020 caused $956,000 of property damage in Florida alone.

    WHAT IS A TROPICAL STORM?

    When the wind speed increases to reach between 39 and 73m mph, the tropical depression becomes a tropical storm.

    Typically, the winds blow faster and start to resemble a hurricane with a circular shape.

    Most damage from tropical storms comes from heavy rainfall which can destroy buildings and cause severe flooding.

    Landslides can also occur, blocking roads and railways and causing evacuation problems for the emergency services.

    In the most extreme cases, this can lead to a shortage of food and clean water.

    ROUNDS OF RAIN IN NEW YORK

    HOW MANY HOMES LOST POWER DURING HENRI?

    As of Sunday afternoon, more than 130,000 homes and businesses lost power in Rhode Island after Tropical Storm Henri made landfall, Weather.com reported.

    FLASH FLOOD WARNING IN PARTS OF NEW YORK

    BIDEN APPROVES NEW YORK EMERGENCY DECLARATION

    A White House press release reads: "Today, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. declared that an emergency exists in the State of New York and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Tropical Storm Henri beginning on August 21, 2021, and continuing.

    "The President’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the counties of Albany, Bronx, Broome, Chenango, Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Greene, Kings, Montgomery, Nassau, New York, Orange, Otsego, Putnam, Queens, Rensselaer, Richmond, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Suffolk, Sullivan, and Westchester."

    • Danielle Cinone

      NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE'S RAINFALL OUTLOOK

    • Danielle Cinone

      PEAK OBSERVED WIND GUSTS FROM STORM HENRI

    • Danielle Cinone

      WHAT TO DO IF YOU LOST POWER

      National Grid US tweeted: "If you’ve lost power, turn off any appliances that were on when the power went off, but leave one light on so you will know when power is restored."

    • Danielle Cinone

      HEAVY RAINS IN NEW JERSEY

      Some areas in New Jersey reported having as much as eight inches of rain by midday Sunday, The Associated Press reports.

      Gov Phil Murphy dubbed the storm as "a big rain event" to News 12NJ. "It’s a good day to stay home," he also said.

    • Danielle Cinone

      LIST OF MAJOR STORMS AND HURRICANES SINCE 2000

      Some of the major storms and hurricanes since 2000 include:

      • Tropical Storm Allison (2001)
      • Hurricane Isabel (2003)
      • Hurricane Charlie (2004)
      • Hurricane Jeanne (2004)
      • Hurricane Dennis (2005)
      • Hurricane Katrina (2005)
      • Hurricane Rita (2005)
      • Hurricane Ike (2008)
      • Hurricane Sandy (2012)
      • Hurricane Maria (2017)
      • Hurricane Dorian (2019)
      • Hurricane Zeta (2020)
      • Tropical Storm Eta (2020)
      • Tropical storms Amanda and Cristobal (2020)
      • Tropical Storm Claudette (2021)

      Of this list, Hurricane Katrina of 2005 caused the most fatalities and damage with 1,833 total deaths and over $10 billion in total damages.

      Tropical storms such as Amanda and Cristobal in 2020 caused $956,000 of property damage in Florida alone.

      WHAT IS A TROPICAL STORM?

      When the wind speed increases to reach between 39 and 73m mph, the tropical depression becomes a tropical storm.

      Typically, the winds blow faster and start to resemble a hurricane with a circular shape.

      Most damage from tropical storms comes from heavy rainfall which can destroy buildings and cause severe flooding.

      Landslides can also occur, blocking roads and railways and causing evacuation problems for the emergency services.

      In the most extreme cases this can lead to a shortage of food and clean water.

      • Danielle Cinone

        WAVES HIT THE SHORE IN MONTAUK, NEW YORK

        Big waves hit the beaches in Montauk on Sunday, August 22, 2021Credit: AP
      • Danielle Cinone

        NATIONAL GRID REMINDS USERS TO KEEP AWAY FROM POWER LINES

      • Danielle Cinone

        SATELLITE VIEW OF STORM HENRI'S LANDFALL

      • Danielle Cinone

        BIDEN TO DELIVER REMARKS ON HENRI RESPONSE

        President Joe Biden is expected to deliver remarks on his administration's response to the tropical storm.

        Biden, who is also prepared to talk about Afhanistan evacuations, will be speaking at 4pm ET at the White House.

      • Danielle Cinone

        HEAVY RAINS IN NORTHERN NEW JERSEY AND CONNECTICUT

      • Danielle Cinone

        TREES DOWN IN MONTAUK, LONG ISLAND

      • Danielle Cinone

        NURSING HOMES EVACUATED

        Connecticut Gov Ned Lamont said some nursing homes had to be evacuated, WFSB reported.

        Approximately 280 residents were evacuated.

        The four evacuated nursing homes are: Apple of Saybrook, Apple of Mystic, Apple of Guilford, and Apple of West Haven.

      • Danielle Cinone

        STORM HENRI RAINFALL NUMBERS

      • Danielle Cinone

        CONTINUED STORM CONDITIONS

        "Impacts will continue to spread inland as the center of #Henri moves onshore in southern New England," NWS tweeted. "Tropical storm conditions will continue in portions of the tropical storm warning area into tonight."

      • Danielle Cinone

        KEY MESSAGES FOR TROPICAL STORM HENRI

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