Henri weakens to tropical depression, but still poses a flood risk

Henri was downgraded to a tropical depression Sunday evening as it churned over Connecticut. According to the National Weather Service the storm was “nearly stationary” early on Monday morning about 60 miles north-northwest of New York City, but it was expected start pushing east later in the day, bringing downpours to a wide swathe of the northeast and threatening widespread flooding.

The storm made landfall on Sunday just after noon near Westerly, Rhode Island, as a tropical storm with maximum winds sustained winds of 60 mph. By Monday morning it was packing winds only half that strong, but with 1-3 inches of rain forecast for many areas, flooding was to remain a concern throughout the day.

President Biden on Sunday pledged federal assistance, saying he had spoken to the governors of the states affected. “We don’t know the full extent of the storm’s impact today, but we’re acting to prepare for and prevent damage as much as possible,” said Mr. Biden.

The storm made an eastward turn overnight Saturday into Sunday, largely sparing Long Island, which had appeared earlier to be directly in its path. After making landfall on Rhode Island, the storm weakened as it dumped heavy rain in southern New England and moved westward.   

The National Weather Service said in an early Monday advisory that flood watches were in effect across eastern Pennsylvania, southeast New York, New Jersey, Long Island and southern parts of New England.

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