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.
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