Hurricane Henri held its course early Sunday and struck a long stretch of the northeast coast as millions on New York’s Long Island and surrounding areas prepared for floods, fallen trees and widespread power outages.
With the center of the storm expected to slip right past the eastern tip of Long Island by noon, the hurricane warnings stretched from the coasts of Connecticut and Rhode Island to near the old whaling port of New Bedford, Massachusetts, and across the luxurious oceanfront properties from New York Hamptons to Fire Island Summer Vacation.
In several locations in New York City, as well as Newark and Hoboken, New Jersey, heavy rains flooded sewers and drivers plowed through foot-deep water.
Here are some of the damage so far:
As seen from the Liberty National Golf Course ferry to Manhattan, Henri approached New York City at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday
The weather got uglier as the night went on.
Lightning, one of which hit the One World Train Center, and heavy rain forced Mayor Bill de Blasio to cancel Saturday’s “Homecoming” concert to celebrate the city’s progress against the pandemic.
Flood warnings were issued in the five districts from Saturday night to Sunday morning. The National Weather Service said drivers needed rescue after being stuck in a flash flood on 3rd Avenue under the Gowanus Expressway and between 4th Avenue and Carroll Streets late Saturday.
Further north, vehicles waded through floods, according to videos from Williamsburg News.
Hours before it even rained, the storm was kicking rough waves along the New Jersey coast.
It rained heavily on Sunday night and multiple flash flood warnings were issued across New Jersey. Video posted to Twitter shows flooding on Route 21 south just before Interstate 280.
Flashlight shelves at a Walmart in Cromwell, Connecticut, were emptied by Saturday and residents were preparing for blackouts as a result of Hurricane Henri.