Utility crews are working to restore power to more than 56,000 customers throughout the Northeast after Tropical Storm Henri tore through the region Sunday.
More than 100,000 customers lost power at its peak with Henri bringing storm surge waters that flooded streets and powerful winds that tore down trees and power lines, complicating restoration efforts.
According to CNN,
As of early Monday morning, more than 44,000 customers were without power in Rhode Island while Connecticut had nearly 10,000 customers in the dark.
The storm was downgraded to a tropical depression after making landfall as a tropical storm along the coast of Rhode Island, near Westerly, Sunday morning.
Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee said,
“Now, as the storm begins to pass out of the state the important work must start for recovery. We know that that’s an issue and that’s why getting power restored is critical”
Henri weakened to a tropical depression, with damaging winds and storm surge subsiding, but the threat of flooding in the Northeast remains. According to CNN Meteorologist Michael Guy, almost 50 million people remain under a flash flood or flood watch or warning, including coastal flood watches from New Jersey through New Hampshire.
Previous rainfall in the region had already saturated the ground and that, coupled with new heavy rain from Henri, could result in inland flooding on rivers and lakes, along with coastal flooding through portions of New England, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
Up to 12 inches of rain is possible throughout northern New Jersey and southern New York, which could cause flash urban and small stream flooding, Guy said.
The center of the storm will track toward the Connecticut-New York border Sunday night before turning to the east and eventually out to sea beginning Monday afternoon.
Eversource President of Regional Electric Operations Craig Hallstrom said,
“While the shift in Henri’s track spared Connecticut from the devastation it could have caused, the storm delivered the expected heavy rains, further saturating grounds that were already soaked from the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred and other storms.
In addition to the thousands of line and tree crews we have working, we have an army of people behind the scenes supporting a safe restoration.”
“We realize how difficult it is to be without power, especially on hot and humid days like we’re expecting this coming week and we’re committed to staying on the job until every customer has their power restored.’
Tropical Storm Henri battered the U.S. Northeast on Sunday, knocking out power in parts of Rhode Island, forcing evacuations in Connecticut and breaking rainfall records in New York City.— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 23, 2021
The storm weakened quickly as it moved north.https://t.co/QBHwugUM66