Weakened Henri spills heavy rain after soaking New York onlookers
NEW YORK, Aug.22 (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Henri weakened on Sunday, but continued to spread heavy rain over parts of the northeastern United States after a related storm overwhelmed a star-studded concert intended to mark New York City’s emergence from the worst of the coronavirus pandemic.
A light rain that turned into a downpour on Saturday night sent thousands of music fans to the free “Homecoming Concert” in Central Park in Manhattan to stream for releases amid a performance by Barry Manilow, which continued to sing for a while even after its audio has been muted.
Artists who couldn’t continue due to the abrupt end of the concert included Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello and the Killers.
Thousands of spectators, some still queuing to enter as the show emptied, had passed through an airport-style security checkpoint where they also had to show proof of coronavirus vaccination to enter.
The concert had been promoted for weeks by Mayor Bill de Blasio to show the city’s resilience in the face of the pandemic. Read more
Its unplanned premature end as Henry, then still a low-intensity hurricane, rocked the east coast, left CNN, which was broadcasting it live, with airtime to fill, which he did in part by calling Manilow into the network and singing.
The downpour, indirectly associated with Henry, set an hourly precipitation record of 1.94 inches (4.93 cm) for Central Park, as well as a daily record of 4.45 inches (11.3 cm), according to meteorologist Josh Weiss of the National Weather Service Prediction Center. in College Park, Maryland.
Henri made landfall near Westerly, Rhode Island, around 12:15 a.m. EDT (4:15 p.m. GMT) Sunday, the United States National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported. About two hours later, the NHC said its maximum sustained winds had diminished to 80 km / h.
On Sunday afternoon, the storm left more than 110,000 electrical customers in southern New England without power, including 72,000 in Rhode Island, according to PowerOutage.US, which collects data from distribution companies. electricity.
While the NHC has said coastal storm surges are no longer a threat, it has warned of inland flooding with the storm set to stop over the Connecticut-New York border and dump 3-6 inches (7.5-15 cm) of rain over much of the area by Monday.
“Henri’s heavy rains can result in significant flash, urban and small-stream flooding, as well as the potential for isolated large-scale minor to moderate river flooding,” he said in a statement.
On Sunday afternoon, its bands of rain extended from eastern Pennsylvania to southern Vermont and New Hampshire.
The slowdown in the storm and abundant rain production over an area already saturated with rain raised concern among area governors about flooding in New York’s Hudson River Valley and western Connecticut.
President Joe Biden said on Sunday he had approved emergency declarations to help Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York if needed.
“While New Englanders are accustomed to dealing with harsh weather conditions, this storm has the potential to have widespread consequences throughout the region with flooding and major power outages that could affect hundreds. thousands of people, ”Biden said at a briefing.
Writing and additional reporting by Peter Szekely in New York; Additional reporting by Susan Heavey in Washington; Editing by Daniel Wallis, Diane Craft and Susan Fenton
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