New York | Tropical Storm Henry was downgraded to a tropical depression Sunday night, losing strength on the east coast of the United States as it caused power outages that affected nearly 100,000 Americans and uprooted trees.
The storm made landfall near the town of Westerly, Rhode Island, at 12:15 p.m. local time Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. Already on Sunday it was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm by the NHC, losing steam as it crossed New England.
In its 5 a.m. bulletin on Monday, the National Hurricane Monitoring Center noted that Henry is “almost flat” and winds have dropped to 48 km/h, far from the expected 120 km/h.
The northeastern United States is usually relatively untouched by such storms, which tend to affect southern states such as Florida or Louisiana.
Scientists say that as the ocean surface warms, hurricanes become more powerful. In particular, they pose an increased risk to coastal communities falling victim to the phenomenon of wave inundation, amplified by rising sea levels.
Rhode Island Governor Dan Mackie reported heavy flooding, but no injuries were reported.
The NHC raised all of its coastal inundation warnings Sunday afternoon and early reports from residents indicate that the storm wasn’t as severe as expected, although trees in Groton, Connecticut, fell seriously ill. Some homes.
In Newark, New Jersey, floods rescued 86 people, including 16 children, from submerged cars.
About 79,000 people experienced blackouts in Rhode Island and 33,000 people in Connecticut, according to poweroutage.us.
More than 200 flights at Newark Airport and 200 flights at LaGuardia Airport and New York City in New York have been cancelled.
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