Hurricane Henri path tracker LIVE – Tropical storm makes landfall in Rhode Island after New York hit with flash floods

Hurricane Henri path tracker LIVE – Tropical storm makes landfall in Rhode Island after New York hit with flash floods

August 22, 2021

TROPICAL Storm Henri made landfall at 12.15pm ET in Rhode Island on Sunday — after New York was hit with flash floods.

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.

The 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" as the storm approached, according to reports.

Gov Andrew Cuomo declared state of emergency for Long Island, New York City, Westchester, Hudson Valley and the Capital District region — with the hurricane also destined to hit Massachusetts, and New England.

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…

  • Danielle Cinone

    KEY MESSAGES FOR TROPICAL STORM HENRI

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    HENRI MAKES LANDFILL WITH 60MPH WINDS

    Tropical Storm Henri made landfall with "maximum sustained winds of 60 MPH and central pressure of 989 mb," the National Hurrican Center reported.

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    RADAR DATA SHOWS WHEN HENRI MADE LANDFALL

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    STORM'S BIGGEST THREAT

    A storm surge and inland flooding are the storm's biggest threat, experts have warned, AP News reports.

  • Danielle Cinone

    WHAT TIME DID HENRI OFFICIALLY MAKE LANDFALL?

    Tropical Storm Henri officially made landfall at 12:15pm.

    It touched down near Westerly, Rhode Island, with a wind speed of 60mph.

  • Danielle Cinone

    HENRI MAKES LANDFALL WITH 60MPH WINDS

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    EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTERS ACTIVATED

    Port Authority emergency operations centers have been activated at three airports due to "significant impacts" to flights, WABC-TV reports.

    As many flights were canceled, NWS Eastern Region reported that Storm Henri's center was passing near Block Island, Rhode Island, at 11 am ET Sunday.

    "Henri is moving to the north-northwest at 14 mph with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph with higher gusts. Point Judith, RI reported a gust to 69 mph," NWS Eastern Region's tweet read.

     

  • Danielle Cinone

    FLASH FLOOD WARNING IN CONNECTICUT

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    FLOODING IN NYC

    According to the NWS, The Central Park ASOS "broke the daily maximum rainfall record for 8/21 with 4.45 inches of rain!"

    The rain mostly fell within a two-hour period — with 1.84 inches falling from 11pm to midnight.

  • Danielle Cinone

    LIGHTNING STRIKES

    Lightning was spotted above NYC on Saturday night after Barry Manilow stopped his performance due to the weather.

    He was performing at the "We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert."

    A lightning bolt is seen above the Manhattan skyline on August 21Credit: Rex

     

  • Danielle Cinone

    FOOTAGE OF 'CRAZY FLOODING'

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    EMERGENCY DECLARATIONS GET BIDEN'S APPROVAL

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    PREPARE FOR OUTAGES

    The Weather Channel warned on Sunday morning that Henri was near.

    "#Henri is just hours away from making landfall. It is moving closer to Eastern Long Island & Southern New England," The Weather Channel tweeted.

    "Look for strong gusty winds, flooding rainfall and dangerous storm surge as Henri approaches and moves inland today. Prepare for power outages."

     

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    TROPICAL STORM HENRI

     

  • Danielle Cinone

    LANDFALL EXPECTED MORNING OR EARLY AFTERNOON

    A storm tracker said: "Movement is now NNW at 16 MPH, landfall is expected this morning or early this afternoon. 70 MPH sustained winds and a pressure of 986 mb."

  • Danielle Cinone

    STORM MOVES EAST

    On Sunday morning, the National Hurricane Center tweeted: "Tropical Storm #Henri Advisory 26A:

    "Center of Henri Moving Closer Eastern Long Island and Southern New England.

    "Dangerous Storm Surge, Strong Gusty Winds, and Flooding Rainfall Are Expected in Portions of the Northeastern United States."

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    NHC ISSUES THREAT WARNINGS

    The National Hurricane Center has issued warnings about the possible threats that could occur.

    As of August 21 at 11am EST, those threats include:

    • Heavy rainfall may lead to considerable flash, urban, and small stream flooding, along with the potential widespread minor and isolated moderate river flooding
    • Swells that could cause life-threatening surf and rip currents
    • Possible tornadoes over southern New England after landfall

    FLOODING IN BROOKLYN AS HENRI APPROACHES

    NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR CONSULTS WITH BIDEN

    CENTRAL PARK CONCERT CANCELED DUE TO HURRICANE HENRI

    A concert celebrating the "return" of New York City from the Pandemic was forced to cancel mid swing as Hurricane Henri rolled in, CNN reports.

    Three hours after it began, the NYPD issued an advisory warning attendees to clear the area.

    "Due to approaching severe weather, all those attending the event are to calmly move to the nearest exits and proceed to areas outside of the park. This is NOT an emergency," it read.

    ASTRONAUT CAPTURES HENRI FROM SPACE

    NASA Astronaut Megan McArthur posted a picture to Twitter capturing Hurricane Henri from her vantage point in space.

    • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

      STORM SURGES COULD BEGIN SATURDAY NIGHT

      Storm surge impacts from the arrival of Hurricane Henri could begin as early as Saturday night and continue into Sunday morning, Axios reports.

      A full moon on Sunday may also heighten the risk, as tides could be higher when the Hurricane reaches land.

    • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

      AMY KLOBUCHAR URGES AREAS UNDER EMERGENCY TO 'STAY SAFE'

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      VIDEO FOOTAGE OF LIGHT STRIKING ONE WORLD TRADE BUILDING

    • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

      BIDEN APPROVES RHODE ISLAND EMERGENCY DECLARATION

      Biden has approved Rhode Island's request to be placed under a state of emergency on Saturday night ahead of Hurricane Henri's arrival.

      The President announced in a statement: "Today, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. declared that an emergency exists in the State of Rhode Island and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Henri beginning on August 20, 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 Bristol, Kent, Newport, Providence, and Washington and the Narragansett Indian Tribe located within Washington County."

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