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Updates on Hurricane Henri: It Caused Landfalls in Rhode Island, Slows to a Tropical Depression

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In the U.S., Heavy rain caused flash flooding, due to the Hurricane Henri which was later downgraded on Sunday from hurricane status  bringing a sense of relief in the U.S. Northeast

After making landfall in Rhode Island Sunday, Henri weakened as it moved slowly along the Eastern U.S., bringing heavy rain but also relief that the storm didn’t hit as hard as feared.

Tens of thousands of homes and businesses lost power in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Heavy rains that could cause flash flooding are still expected in parts of the Northeast.

The National Hurricane Center downgraded the storm twice on Sunday. As of Sunday night [8 p.m.], Henri was considered a Tropical Depression. Sunday morning, it downshifted to a Tropical Storm from a Category 1 hurricane when its sustained maximum winds fell to 70 mph from 75 mph.

Henri was expected to keep slowing, and turn north on Monday morning.

Henri hit the coast of Rhode Island, near Westerly, at about 12:15 p.m. EDT with sustained winds of 60 miles an hour. Conditions in Westerly had calmed by midafternoon Sunday.

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