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Henri to leave Northeast Monday night, flood watches remain in effect

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Henri continues to churn across the Northeast where heavy rain and flooding are still possible through Monday night.

Flood watches remain in effect from northeastern Pennsylvania to New Hampshire.

The storm made landfall as a tropical storm in Rhode Island early Sunday afternoon, bringing wind gusts up to 70 miles per hour and a storm surge of up to 4 feet to the surrounding regions. Over 9 inches of rain was recorded in Brooklyn, New York. Henri weakened to a tropical depression on Sunday night and will leave the Northeast by Monday night.


Latest Developments


August 23, 2021

Tornado confirmed in Massachusetts


A tornado touched down near Marlborough, Massachusetts, Monday as Henri veered away from the Northeast.


August 23, 2021

Biden approves emergency declaration for Vermont after New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island

The White House announced Monday that President Joe Biden has approved an emergency declaration for Vermont due to Henri, following his previous approvals for New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Biden ordered federal assistance to supplement state and local response efforts in Vermont due to the emergency conditions resulting from the storm. The move authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate all disaster relief efforts and provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, according to a press release from the White House.


August 23, 2021

Flash flood watches remain for 8 states

Henri continued to dump rain across the Northeast on Monday morning, as the storm's remnants stalled in eastern New York.

PHOTO: A radar image shows the current location of Tropical Depression Henri at around 5:30 a.m. ET on Aug. 23, 2021. (ABC News)
PHOTO: A radar image shows the current location of Tropical Depression Henri at around 5:30 a.m. ET on Aug. 23, 2021. (ABC News)

Flash flood watches remain in effect for eight states in the region, from Pennsylvania to New Hampshire. The area could see an additional 2 to 3 inches of rainfall on Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

PHOTO: Flash flood watches remained in effect for eight U.S. states on the morning of Aug. 23, 2021. (ABC News)
PHOTO: Flash flood watches remained in effect for eight U.S. states on the morning of Aug. 23, 2021. (ABC News)

What's left of Henri is forecast to move east later Monday before heading out of the Northeast by Tuesday.

PHOTO: The Northeast region could see an additional 2 to 3 inches of rain from Tropical Depression Henri on Aug. 23, 2021. (ABC News)
PHOTO: The Northeast region could see an additional 2 to 3 inches of rain from Tropical Depression Henri on Aug. 23, 2021. (ABC News)

-ABC News' Max Golembo


August 23, 2021

Over 53,000 without power in 2 states

More than 53,000 customers across two states were still without power early Monday morning as Henri slowly moved over the New England area.

PHOTO: Onlookers view sailboats beached by Tropical Storm Henri are seen on the shore in Jamestown, R.I., Aug. 22, 2021. (CJ Gunther/EPA via Shutterstock)
PHOTO: Onlookers view sailboats beached by Tropical Storm Henri are seen on the shore in Jamestown, R.I., Aug. 22, 2021. (CJ Gunther/EPA via Shutterstock)

As of 5 a.m. ET, there were 44,104 customers without power in Rhode Island, where Henri made landfall, while 9,737 were without power in Connecticut, according to data collected by PowerOutage.US.

-ABC News' Will Gretsky.


August 22, 2021

Henri downgraded to tropical depression

Henri continued to weaken Sunday night and is now downgraded to a tropical depression, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm is now located 10 miles southwest of Hartford, Connecticut and has sustained winds of 35 mph.

The National Hurricane Center warned that the storm will continue to produce heavy rainfall and flooding across portions of southern New England and Northern mid-Atlantic states through Monday.

-ABC News' Hope Osemwenkhae


August 22, 2021

Power to be restored by mid-week: National Grid

National Grid said it is deploying over 4,000 personnel in Rhode Island and Massachusetts to restore power to affected areas.

As of 5 p.m. Sunday, approximately 72,600 customers in Rhode Island and 8,500 in Massachusetts were without power, according to the utility.

"The hardest hit communities in Rhode Island include South Kingstown, Narragansett, Westerly, Jamestown, Charlestown and North Kingstown," National Grid said in a news release.

The utility said it estimates to have power restored to all affected customers by mid-week.


August 22, 2021

Tropical Storm warnings discontinued

Tropical storm warnings for the Northeast states affected by Henri were dropped around 5 p.m Sunday.

However, 40 million Americans across nine states from Delaware to New Hampshire remain under a flash flood watch as the threat for major flash flooding continues through Monday.

PHOTO: A New Market Volunteer Fire Company rescue crew member wades through high waters following a flash flood, as Tropical Storm Henri makes landfall, in Helmetta, New Jersey, Aug. 22, 2021. (Tom Brenner/AFP via Getty Images)
PHOTO: A New Market Volunteer Fire Company rescue crew member wades through high waters following a flash flood, as Tropical Storm Henri makes landfall, in Helmetta, New Jersey, Aug. 22, 2021. (Tom Brenner/AFP via Getty Images)

Rainfall rates of two inches and hour have been reported in areas experiencing flash flooding, and an additional half a foot of rain is still forecast with highest amounts likely over the Lower Hudson Valley, Northeast New Jersey, New York City, Connecticut and western Massachusetts.

-ABC News' Melissa Griffin


August 22, 2021

Biden promises quick response to affected areas

President Joe Biden updated Americans on the federal government's response to Tropical Storm Henri.

Biden reiterated that he has approved the state of emergency orders declared in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New York and said the Federal Emergency Management Agency is ready to help affected communities.

He said thousands of live crews from the agency are already on their way.

"They'll clean up fallen trees, help local utilities repair damaged lines and restore service as fast as possible," Biden said at his news conference.

Biden warned that the storm is still causing flooding and reminded affected residents to prepare for more damage throughout the coming days.


August 23, 2021

Nearly 122,000 customers lose power

As of 4:10 p.m., there are at least 121,993 customers without power in five states, according to PowerOutage.US, a site that aggregates power outage reports.

Rhode Island has the most power outage numbers with 75,868, followed by Connecticut, 29,776, Massachusetts, 9,205, New Jersey, 4,009 and New York, 3,135.


August 22, 2021

Tropical Storm Henri's conditions spread inland

Tropical Storm Henri's impact continues to be felt throughout the East Coast even though its strength has weakened.

The storm is now producing wind gusts up to 50 mph and is moving northwest through Rhode Island.

Tropical storm warnings remain in effect for New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

PHOTO: Tropical Storm Henri flooding rain alerts map. (ABC News)
PHOTO: Tropical Storm Henri flooding rain alerts map. (ABC News)

New flash flood warnings were issued in parts of New York City, Westchester, New York, and northeastern New Jersey counties.

Current rain totals range from 3.7 inches in New London, Connecticut, to 7.82 inches in Brooklyn.

--ABC News’ Hope Osemwenkhae

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