NEW York and New Jersey were both affected by flooding on Sunday when Tropical Storm Henri made landfall in Rhode Island.
Henri made landfall at 12:15 p.m. ET in Rhode Island on Sunday – and strong winds from the storm left tens of thousands of homes without power and flooding was seen along the coast from New Jersey to Massachusetts, reports AP News.
Some towns in New Jersey saw as much as 8 inches of rain by noon Sunday, in an event Governor 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 arrival in the afternoon comes after the storm was downgraded from a hurricane, however, it still caused wind gusts of up to 70 mph.
Before the storm arrived, a state of emergency had been declared for parts of New York after Storm Henri was declared a hurricane.
The National Meteorological Service ‘The Eastern Region took to Twitter around 8 a.m. ET Sunday to say that “the passage over cooler waters north of the Gulf Stream weakened Henry into a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph / h with higher gusts “.
Additionally, President Joe Biden has approved emergency declarations for Connecticut and New York, the White House has revealed.
Images from New York showed flooding inundating parts of the city as record levels of rain hit as hurricane barrels crossed the Atlantic.
Read our Hurricane Henri live blog for the latest news and updates …
WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF POWER LOSS
National Grid United States tweeted: “If you’ve lost power, turn off any devices that were on when the power was cut, but leave a light on so you know when power is back on.”
HEAVY RAIN IN NEW JERSEY
Parts of New Jersey reported receiving up to eight inches of rain at noon Sunday, the Associated Press reports.
Governor Phil Murphy called the storm a “big rain” for News 12NJ. “It’s a good day to stay home,” he also said.
LIST OF MAIN STORMS AND HURRICANE SINCE 2000
Here are some of the major storms and hurricanes since 2000:
Of this list, Hurricane Katrina of 2005 caused the most death and damage with 1,833 total deaths and over $ 10 billion in total damage.
Tropical storms such as Amanda and Cristobal in 2020 caused $ 956,000 in property damage in Florida alone.
WHAT IS A TROPICAL STORM?
When the wind speed increases to between 39 and 73 m mph, the tropical depression becomes a tropical storm.
Typically, winds blow faster and start to look like a circular hurricane.
Most of the 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 emergency services.
In the most extreme cases, this can lead to a shortage of food and clean water.
WAVES HAVE REACHED THE SHORE IN MONTAUK, NEW YORK
NATIONAL GRID REMINDERS TO KEEP AWAY FROM POWER LINES
SATELLITE VIEW OF STORM HENRI LANDING
BIDEN TO PROVIDE REMARKS ON HENRI’S RESPONSE
President Joe Biden is expected to deliver remarks on his administration’s response to the tropical storm.
Biden, who is also ready to speak on evacuations from Afghanistan, will speak at 4 p.m. ET at the White House.
HEAVY RAIN IN NORTHERN NEW JERSEY AND CONNECTICUT
TREES IN MONTAUK, LONG ISLAND
EVACUATED CARE HOUSES
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont has said some nursing homes need to be evacuated, the WFSB reported.
About 280 residents were evacuated.
The four evacuated retirement homes are: Apple of Saybrook, Apple of Mystic, Apple of Guilford and Apple of West Haven.
RAIN FIGURES FROM STORM HENRI
CONTINUOUS STORM CONDITIONS
“The impacts will continue to spread inland as the #Henri center moves to dry land in southern New England,” NWS tweeted. “Tropical storm conditions will continue in parts of the Tropical Storm Warning Zone until tonight.”
KEY MESSAGES FOR TROPICAL STORM HENRI
HENRI MAKES A DISCHARGE WITH WINDS OF 60 MPH
Tropical Storm Henri made landfall with “maximum sustained winds of 60 mph and a central pressure of 989 mb,” the National Hurrican Center reported.
RADAR DATA SHOWS WHEN HENRI LANDED
THE STORM’S BIGGEST THREAT
A storm surge and inland flooding are the storm’s biggest threat, experts have warned, AP News reports.
AT WHAT TIME DID HENRI OFFICIALLY LAND?
Tropical Storm Henri officially made landfall at 12:15 p.m.
It landed near Westerly, Rhode Island, with a wind speed of 60 mph.
HENRI LANDED WITH WINDS OF 60 MPH
EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTERS ACTIVATED
The Port Authority’s emergency operations centers were activated at three airports due to “significant impacts” on flights, WABC-TV reports.
As many flights were canceled, the Eastern NWS region reported that the center of Storm Henri was passing near Block Island, Rhode Island, at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday.
“Henri is moving north-northwest at 14mph with maximum sustained winds of 60mph with higher gusts. Point Judith, RI reported a gust to 69mph,” the region’s tweet read from eastern NWS.
CONNECTICUT FLASH FLOOD WARNING
FLOOD IN NEW YORK
According to NWS, The Central Park ASOS “broke the daily maximum precipitation record for 8/21 with 4.45 inches of rain!”
Most of the rain fell over a two-hour period – with 1.84 inches falling from 11 p.m. to midnight.
Lightning was spotted over New York City on Saturday night after Barry Manilow halted his performance due to the weather.
He was performing at “We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert”.
VIDEO OF ‘Crazy Flooding’
EMERGENCY DECLARATIONS OBTAIN THE APPROVAL OF BIDEN