Aug 23, 2021

Tropical Depression Henri Weakens

Tropical Depression Henri is expected to begin an eastward motion by later in the day Aug. 23.

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Henri was expected to continue to bring heavy rain to interior Massachusetts, western New England and New York, nearly 24 hours after the storm made landfall in Westerly, Rhode Island on Aug. 22, reported WCVB News.

According to the National Hurricane Center, as of 5 a.m. Aug. 23, the system had weakened to a tropical depression with maximum sustained winds of 30 mph with higher gusts. The depression is expected to begin an eastward motion by later in the day Aug. 23. 

A flood watch is in effect through Aug. 23 evening for portions of Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire and Worcester counties, reported WCVB News.

Henri is expected to produce additional rainfall of 1 to locally 2 inches in New Jersey, and eastern Pennsylvania 1 to 3 inches, with locally higher amounts possible, over far southeast New York, Long Island, and southern to central New England through Aug. 23, according to the NHC. 

Heavy rainfall from Henri will continue to result in limited to considerable flash, urban, and small stream flooding impacts, along with isolated minor to moderate river flooding. The brunt of the storm will move back in by 3 p.m., and as they shift eastward, they could intensify, reported WCVB News.

Bands of heavy rain could move across Massachusetts from west to east during the day on Monday, bringing the chance of severe weather, before moving offshore by early Tuesday.

At the time of landfall, maximum sustained winds were estimated to be 60 mph, and Henri made landfall around 12:15 p.m. Aug. 22 and passed over Block Island around 11 a.m Aug. 23.

According to The National Weather Service in Boston, there were peak gusts to 70 mph at Point Judith in Rhode Island, 68 mph at Newport and Halfway Rock in Rhode Island, 69 mph at Block Island and 57 mph at Buzzard Bay, reported WCVB News.

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