Tropical Storm Henri

Henri Leaves Homes Damaged, Thousands Without Power

Sunday brought the worst of Henri, but heavy rain and winds are expected to linger in some parts of the region throughout Monday.

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Thousands of people woke up without power Monday and were cleaning up from the damage left behind by Tropical Storm Henri.

As of Monday morning, at least 8,000 customers were without power in Connecticut.

Fire officials in Connecticut said 18 homes were evacuated, and firefighters performed what they described as "several low-risk assisted rescues."

Storm damage in Connecticut also forced the evacuation of four nursing homes, displacing 250 residents.

Thousands are without power at Henri slammed through parts of Connecticut.

Thousands of customers were also without power in Rhode Island. Utility crews from as far as Virginia arrived to help clear trees and downed lines and restore power to parts of Rhode Island like Narragansett, which bore the brunt of the storm.

Most people in the Ocean State who were without power were expected to get it back by Tuesday evening, National Grid said Monday, which Gov. Dan McKee credited to his demand that the first timeline, of five days, wasn't adequate, NBC affiliate WJAR reported.

“Inside the storm, I think they’re doing the absolute best they can, but the question is are we getting the most that we need, the best that we can have, in a long-term strategy right now?” McKee said.

When Henri made landfall near Westerly, Rhode Island, it had sustained winds of about 60 mph (97 kph) and gusts of up to 70 mph (110 kph).

Some communities in central New Jersey were inundated with as much as 8 inches (20 centimeters) of rain by midday Sunday. In Jamesburg, television video footage showed flooded downtown streets and cars almost completely submerged. In Newark, Public Safety Director Brian O’Hara said police and firefighters rescued 86 people in 11 incidents related to the storm.

Some homeowners in central Massachusetts woke up to damage. Heavy winds and rain downed trees in places like Oxford.

While the Cape & the Islands were spared from the worst of Henri, many extended their vacations and hunkered down in the area because ferry services shut down. Ferry service resumed Monday, sending many on a mad dash to get back to the mainland.

Henri produced 3 to 6 inches (8 to 15 centimeters) of rainfall over many areas Sunday, with isolated higher totals. An additional 1 to 3 inches (3 to 8 centimeters) was forecast through Monday for parts of Long Island, New England, southeast New York, New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania.

Sunday brought the worst of Henri, but heavy rain and winds are expected to linger in some parts of the region throughout Monday.

Flood warnings were in effect Monday morning for parts of northern New Jersey and southeastern New York state, and flood watches stretched throughout southeastern Pennsylvania, parts of Vermont and New Hampshire and New York City.

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