Biden says New England could face ‘widespread consequences’ from Tropical Storm Henri

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President Joe Biden cautioned Sunday that Tropical Storm Henri could impose “widespread consequences” across several northeastern states that could affect hundreds of thousands of people.

Biden urged people in the region to have supplies on hand, adding that the federal government had pre-positioned relief materials in the area to aid in the effort.

Henri weakened to a tropical depression on Sunday night but was forecast to dump heavy rain across the U.S. Northeast through Monday night, possibly triggering flash floods and further power outages across the region.

An additional 2 to 4 inches (5-10 cm) of rainfall were expected overnight into Monday morning for New York City, northern New Jersey, northeastern Pennsylvania, southern New York and into southern New England, the National Weather Service said.

The storm will weaken further as it pushes out to the Gulf of Maine on Monday afternoon, causing rainfall to diminish, Hurley added.

Henri made landfall as a tropical storm near Westerly, Rhode Island, at about 12:15 p.m. (1615 GMT) on Sunday with top sustained winds of 60 miles per hour (95 kph), the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. About two hours later, its maximum sustained winds had diminished to 50 miles mph (80 kph).

By Sunday afternoon, more than 82,000 electric customers in southern New England were still without power, including 61,000 in Rhode Island, according to PowerOutage.US, which collects data from electric utility companies.

The deluge that hit New York on Saturday evening submerged a star-studded concert meant to mark the city’s emergence from the worst of the coronavirus pandemic.

A light rain that turned into a downpour sent thousands of music fans fleeing the “Homecoming Concert” in Manhattan’s Central Park.

The downpour, indirectly associated with Henri, set an hourly rainfall record of 1.94 inches (4.93 cm) for Central Park, as well as a daily record of 4.45 inches (11.3 cm), according to meteorologist Josh Weiss of the NWS’ weather prediction center.

Photo: Onlookers look over a sailboat beached by Tropical Storm Henri in Jamestown, Rhode Island, USA. EPA-EFE/CJ GUNTHER