UPDATED 7:52 AM PT – Monday, August 23, 2021
Tropical Depression Henri is downgraded from a tropical storm after making landfall in New England. On Sunday, Henri made landfall along the coast of Rhode Island with winds around 60 miles-per-hour and gusts around 70 miles-per-hour.
Rhode Island’s governor warned more than 100,000 people are expected to lose power in the state with nearly 44,000 without power as of Monday morning. Power outages and flooding are expected across much of southern New England as heavy rains and winds continue to push inland.
Tropical Depression #Henri Advisory 30: Slow-Moving Henri Expected to Continue to Produce Heavy Rainfall And Flooding Across Portions of Southern New England and The Northern Mid-Atlantic States Through Today. https://t.co/VqHn0u1vgc
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) August 23, 2021
“I spent most of the day preparing my house, we’re anticipating about three feet of water in my street,” said Paul Muniz, a resident of Branford, Connecticut. “So we rented a moving truck and unloaded everything in our garage and brought it up to higher ground.”
More than 49 million people are currently under flood watch across the region from New Jersey to New Hampshire.
#Henri is still a tropical depression with winds of 30 mph, and more rainfall is still possible through tomorrow and early Tuesday as it crawls east. With the saturated soil, any local wind gusts could still bring down fully leafed trees as the storm exits. pic.twitter.com/LewA7rYEtE
— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) August 23, 2021