Hurricane Henri path tracker LIVE – New York and Jersey hit by floods as tropical storm makes landfall in 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…

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    WAVES HIT THE SHORE IN MONTAUK, NEW YORK

    Big waves hit the beaches in Montauk on Sunday, August 22, 2021Credit: AP
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    NATIONAL GRID REMINDS USERS TO KEEP AWAY FROM POWER LINES

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    SATELLITE VIEW OF STORM HENRI'S LANDFALL

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    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.

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    HEAVY RAINS IN NORTHERN NEW JERSEY AND CONNECTICUT

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    TREES DOWN IN MONTAUK, LONG ISLAND

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    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.

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    STORM HENRI RAINFALL NUMBERS

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    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."

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

     

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    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.

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    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

     

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    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

     

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    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."

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    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."

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