Tropical Storm Henri Makes Landfall at Rhode Island

Tropical Storm Henri has made landfall along the coast of Rhode Island near Westerly on Sunday afternoon.

The National Hurricane Center downgraded the storm Sunday morning from a Category 1 hurricane when its sustained maximum winds fell to 70 miles an hour from 75 mph. 

Henri made landfall with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph and a central pressure of 989 mb.

The storm knocked out power to over 100,000 homes and caused heavy rainfall that closed bridges, swamped roads, and left many people stranded in their vehicles.

President Joe Biden on Sunday promised to provide federal help as quickly as possible to the residents of northeastern states affected by Tropical Storm Henri. He has approved emergency declarations for Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York, activating the use of recovery funds. 

The storm is expected to weaken to a tropical depression by Monday as it moves northwest from upstate New York to southern Vermont.

Dangerous storm surge, hurricane conditions, and flooding rain will continue in parts of the Northeast.

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