This OES-16 East GeoColor satellite image taken Friday, Aug. 20, 2021, at 11:40 a.m. EDT., and provided by NOAA, shows Tropical Storm Henri in the Atlantic Ocean. (NOAA via AP)
UPDATED 10:40 AM PT – Sunday, August 22, 2021
Storm Henri has weakened from a hurricane to a tropical storm on its approach to the U.S. as it made landfall in New England. According to Sunday reports, Henri made landfall along the coast of Rhode Island with winds around 60 miles per hour.
Rhode Island’s governor warned more than 100,000 people were expected to lose power in the state, with nearly 70,000 without power already. Power outages and flooding were also expected across much of southern New England as heavy rains and winds have continued to push inland.
“I’m hoping we’ve got some systems in place and can avoid some of the big street flooding,” expressed Massachusetts resident Anne Thompson. “Sometime in the low-lying areas of the city it’s kind of difficult to navigate from one spot to another. So, if you lived here long enough you know the areas to avoid.”
Hurricane warnings remain in effect for parts of New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Storm surge warnings say storms like Henri have the ability to generate high waves up to five-feet-tall or above.