(U.S EAST COAST) Tropical Storm #Henri Report: Residents on the US East Coast have been urged to prepare for one of the most powerful storms in years with 120,000 without power after making landfall at Rhode Island #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.23: Although Henri had been downgraded from a Category One hurricane, the storm still brought 60mph (95km/h) winds….

#AceWeatherDesk says that Storm #Henri makes landfall at Rhode Island with millions of people across Long Island and southern New England have been told to prepare for coastal surges, flooding and downed trees and power lines.

People walk past sailboats that came loose from their moorings and washed onshore during Tropical Storm Henri in Jamestown, Rhode Island, on 22 August, 2021.
Storm Henri is expected to cause significant damage as it crosses parts of the US North East

Meanwhile, further south in Tennessee, flash flooding has caused the deaths of at least 21 people.

Dozens of people remain missing in and around the town of Waverly, about 60 miles (90km) west of Nashville, following what local reporters described as unprecedented rainfall.

Rising waters uprooted huge trees, tore through homes – leaving hundreds uninhabitable – and swept away cars. Roads and bridges were damaged and thousands of people in Humphreys County were left without power.Cars were swept away by the flash floods in Tennessee

A reunification centre was set up at a school and people were asked to donate items to help those displaced, the Humphreys County Sheriff’s Office said on its Facebook page. 

President Joe Biden expressed his “deepest condolences” for those affected and said disaster officials stood ready to offer assistance where it was needed.

He has also approved disaster relief for the states of Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York, which are expected to be hit hard by Storm Henri.

“This storm has the potential for widespread consequences across the region with significant flooding and power outages that could affect hundreds of thousands of people,” he said.

Henri struck land near the Rhode Island town of Westerly at around 12:15 local time (16:15 GMT), with maximum sustained winds just 14mph (22kph) short of hurricane strength, the National Hurricane Center said.

“Heavy rainfall from Henri may result in considerable flash, urban, and small stream flooding, along with the potential for widespread minor to isolated moderate river flooding,” the NHC said.

Hundreds of flights from New York airport were cancelled.

A concert, taking place in New York City’s Central Park on Saturday evening, was abruptly stopped “due to approaching severe weather”, police said. 

About 60,000 people were thought to be attending the “homecoming” concert – a celebration of the city’s return to hosting large events following the restrictions caused by the pandemic.

The line-up of artists included Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, Paul Simon and also Barry Manilow – whose performance was cut short as concert-goers were told to make their way to the nearest exits. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he was particularly concerned about the possibility of flooding in the Hudson River Valley and Catskill Mountains areas of the state.”The storm hits Long Island and then slows. A slow storm is a problematic storm because when the storm slows, it continues to drop rain for a an extended period of time,” he said.”We already have saturated ground, so the absorption capacity of the ground is limited. And that’s what makes this level of rainfall especially problematic.”About six million people living near the coast in parts of Long Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts had been issued with hurricane warnings before the storm was downgraded.More than 36 million people in large parts of southern New England, as well as New York and New Jersey, had received tropical storm warnings.Massachusetts has closed its parks and beaches until Monday, the office of Governor Charlie Baker said.

Storm Henri: US East Coast warned of significant damage

A screen shows information about severe weather approaching the area as New York police officers try to move people out of the field after cancelling the "We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert" at Central Park
A concert in New York City’s Central Park had to be stopped because of the approaching severe weather

Residents on the US East Coast have been urged to prepare for one of the most powerful storms in years.

Tropical Storm Henri, which is expected to hit New York’s Long Island and southern parts of New England on Sunday, has weakened from a hurricane.

But officials say the threats to the region remain high.

A state of emergency has been declared in parts of New York state as winds of up to 75mph (120km/h) and as much as six inches (15cm) of rain are expected. 

On Saturday – when the storm was initially upgraded to a hurricane – Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Deanne Criswell told CNN that “even if it doesn’t make landfall as a hurricane, the tropical force winds and the storm surge can cause significant damage”.

“We’re going to see power outages, we’re going to see downed trees, and even after the storm has passed, the threat of falling trees and limbs is still out there,” she added.

On Saturday evening, a concert taking place in New York City’s Central Park was abruptly stopped “due to approaching severe weather”, police said. 

About 60,000 people were thought to be attending the “homecoming” concert – a celebration of the city’s return to hosting large events following the restrictions caused by the pandemic.

The line-up of artists included Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, Paul Simon and also Barry Manilow – whose performance was cut short as concert-goers were told to make their way to the nearest exits. 

About six million people living near the coast in parts of Long Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts had been issued with hurricane warnings before the storm was downgraded: More than 36 million people in large parts of southern New England as well as New York and New Jersey had received tropical storm warnings.New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for Long Island and New York City as well as other parts of the state, pleading with residents: “Please take this storm seriously.” Massachusetts has closed its parks and beaches until Monday, the office of Governor Charlie Baker said. With about 300,000 people predicted to lose electricity, officials urged “all residents… to begin storm preparations today, and to pay close attention to local weather”.

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