Sunday afternoon of August 22nd, Tropical Storm Henri, or what may be considered Hurricane Henri, made landfall in Rhode Island. Ten inches of rain occurred in some areas. It sent waves surging against sea walls in New York, powerful winds through New England, flooded the streets of New Jersey, emergency declarations made in Connecticut, and cut power for over 140,000 persons from New Jersey to Maine. Before the storm hit, in Washington County, which is home to 125,000 people, three quarters of homes lacked power before the official time the storm hit.
To be exact, the storm hit near Westerly, on the coast of Rhode Island at 12:15pm local time. President Joe Biden declared that we are taking Tropical Storm Henri “seriously” and are prepared to provide federal aid.
The tropical storm was once a hurricane. The National Hurricane Center claims Henri weakened from a Category 1 before making landfall later that day as a tropical depression or post-tropical cyclone, but winds still averaged at 60 miles per hour.
Video footage shows homes with their fences torn from the ground. Some covered past their porch in flood water. The dense trees in Massachusetts didn’t stand a chance. Much of their wreckage will need to be cleaned up.
Significant flooding submerged numerous vehicles in several areas across the city, according to a statement made by Biran O’Hara. O’Hara is the director of Newark’s Department of Public Safety.
Firefighters in Newark, N.J. rescued 86 people which included 16 children in those areas from submerged vehicles. Nearly 100 motorists who ignored flash flood warnings were rescued from their vehicles.
A huge concert taking place in Central Park, New York was evacuated because of lightning.
While the storm hovered for a long duration over the Northeast, it left behind substantial swathes of mud. Mud that clogged the streets, swallowed and carried debris.“I’m asking you, Rhode Island, to stay home until this storm passes,” Governor Dan McKee said in a morning news conference. “If you venture out, you are not only putting your own life at risk, you are endangering our first responders.”
Providence, a city of Rhode Island, closed its hurricane barrier Sunday morning. Vehicle gates were also closed to keep traffic from roads near Providence River. It was the first time since hurricane Sandy vehicle gates were closed. Surges of five feet were forecasted in some regions.
Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York had warned “You have hills, you have creeks, the water comes running down those hills, hits what was a creek and turns it into a ravaging river, I have seen towns float away.” 500 National Guard troops and 1,000 state police had been deployed around the state, Mr. Cuomo also said.
Henri left the Northeast with twelve billion dollars in damages.
In the aftermath, the smell of sewage was heavy in the air. The waters were going down, as they made a slow retreat back into the sea. Because of this, flash flood warnings remained in place for a couple more days. Residents across the waterlogged Northeast began clearing mud.
A retirement community in Central New Jersey’s Monroe Township returned to soaked homes and ruined possessions. Henri had turned their streets into rivers.
By Tuesday, most of the flood waters had receded from Rhode Island and Connecticut as Henri drifted out to sea. The storm continued to weaken as it moved inland, west-northwestward across Connecticut.
It sent waves surging against sea walls in New York, powerful winds through New England, flooded the streets of New Jersey, emergency declarations made in Connecticut, and cut power for over 140,000 persons from New Jersey to Maine.
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