Henri is moving across New England and will be in the region into Monday.
The storm is bringing high winds, rain, and surges along the coast. Flooding and power outages are possible.
The National Weather Service said on Sunday night that the remnants of Henri will move back across Southern New England on Monday, and it could bring flooding, scattered showers, and storms accompanied by torrential downpours.
“Also, an isolated brief tornado can’t be ruled out Monday,” the weather service said in a tweet.
The remnants of #Henri will move back across southern New England Monday, possibly resulting in renewed flooding from scattered showers & storms that will be accompanied by torrential downpours. Also, an isolated brief tornado can't be ruled out Monday. #mawx #ctwx #riwx pic.twitter.com/RysCr0Tuyx— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) August 22, 2021
At 5 p.m. on Sunday, a map posted by the weather service showed Henri near Central Connecticut, with a potential path to western Massachusetts on Monday afternoon.
Henri made landfall near Westerly, R.I., at about 12:15 p.m.
.@NOAA's #GOESEast 🛰️ captured the landfall of #TropicalStormHenri along the coast of Rhode Island, near Westerly, at approximately 12:15 p.m. ET today.— NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) August 22, 2021
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The storm moved across Connecticut and headed toward Western Massachusetts on Sunday afternoon.
The strong wind speed was 70 mph at Point Judith, R.I.
Wave heights were as much as 19 feet near Block Island on Sunday morning.
The National Hurricane Center provided an update Sunday morning.
The storm’s anticipated track as of 5 a.m. Sunday.
The National Weather Service posted a satellite view of the storm Sunday morning.
Good morning! The rising sun is giving us a view of now Tropical Storm Henri. Henri is expected to make landfall around lunchtime. Don't sleep on this storm just because it was downgraded to a TS; the expected impacts remain the same! #mawx #riwx #ctwx pic.twitter.com/NcVke9zWf2— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) August 22, 2021
A hurricane warning was in effect for New Haven, Conn. to the west of Westport, along with Block Island, according to the National Hurricane Center. A tropical storm warning was in effect for Westport to Chatham, including Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.
“Although some slight weakening is possible, Henri is expected to [be] at or near hurricane strength when it reaches the coast of southern New England,” the center wrote in its 5 a.m. update Sunday.
There is a potential for storm surge flooding greater than 3 feet above ground in areas throughout Rhode Island including Narragansett and Westerly, as well as Vineyard Haven in Massachusetts, according to the weather service.
A storm surge warning is in effect for Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and Block Island, and from Chatham to Flushing, N.Y., according to the National Hurricane Center. A storm surge watch is in effect for north of Chatham to Sagamore Beach, as well as Cape Cod Bay.
“[T]here is a danger of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline,” when storm surge warnings are issued, the center said. “This is a life-threatening situation.”
Dangerous winds may gust to 60 to 70 miles per hour in southern Rhode Island as Henri makes landfall, according to the weather service. The winds are expected to weaken as the storm heads northwest.
“Extremely strong winds will cause hazardous seas which will likely capsize or damage vessels and severely reduce visibility,” according to the weather service.
Elsewhere, winds may gust to 30 to 50 miles per hour in areas including northeast Connecticut, central and eastern Massachusetts, and northern Rhode Island during the late morning and afternoon, according to the weather service. The winds are expected to “rapidly diminish” after about 9 p.m. Sunday.
Forecasters said early Sunday morning that the latest estimate suggests it is likely that Henri will diminish to a tropical storm “rather quickly once it is over land.”
Rainfall will also be the heaviest west of the track of the storm, forecasters said. A few tornadoes are also possible during the day.
“[T]orrential rainfall rates of 2 inches per hour are quite possible, if not likely, for some later today,” forecasters said.
The National Hurricane Center posted the following key messages about Hurricane Henri:
- Dangerous storm surge inundation is expected to begin this morning in portions of Long Island, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and southeastern Massachusetts, where a Storm Surge Warning has been issued. Residents in these areas should follow any advice given by local officials.
- Hurricane conditions are expected to begin this morning in portions of Long Island, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, where a Hurricane Warning is in effect. Tropical storm conditions will begin in these areas within the next couple of hours.
- Heavy rainfall may lead to considerable flash, urban, and small stream flooding, along with the potential for widespread minor to isolated moderate river flooding over portions of Long Island, New England, eastern New York, and New Jersey.
- Swells from Henri will continue to affect much of the East Coast during the next day or so. These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip currents.