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Hurricane Henri made landfall on Sunday in the northeastern United States, leaving heavy rain, flooding and damage to power lines.
More than 120,000 homes and businesses, from Boston to New York, they were without power due to the storm.
By the afternoon of this Sunday, Henri had downgraded to a tropical storm, but the rains continued to affect most of the region.
The storm made landfall near the city of Westerly, in the state of Rhode Island, around 12:15 p.m. local time (16:15 GMT), the National Hurricane Center reported.
Millions of people on Long Islanders and southern New England were warned of coastal swells, rising rivers and canals, falling trees and power lines.
Meanwhile, further south in the country, in Tennessee, a series of flash floods -not associated with Henri- they left at least 10 dead and dozens missing, primarily in the Nashville area.
President Joe Biden expressed his “deepest condolences” to those affected and said the disaster office was ready to offer assistance.
The president also approved aid for the states of Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York, the most affected by the arrival of Henri.
“This storm has the potential for widespread consequences throughout the region with major flooding and power outages that could affect hundreds of thousands of people,” Biden said.
Hundreds of flights were canceled at New York area airports.
A concert, which took place in New York City’s Central Park on Saturday night, was suspended midway through the event “due to the approaching severe weather,” police said.
Some 60,000 people attended the Homecoming concert, a celebration of the return of major events in the city after restrictions caused by the pandemic.
Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, Paul Simon participated and when Barry Manilow was performing, the recital was interrupted and attendees were told to head to the nearest exits.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he was particularly concerned about the possibility of flooding in the Hudson River Valley and Catskill Mountains areas of the state.
“A slow storm is a troublesome storm because when the storm subsides, it continues to rain for an extended period“, said.
“We already have saturated soil, so the absorption capacity is limited. And that’s what makes this level of rain especially problematic. ”
About six million people living near the coast on Long Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts received hurricane warnings before the storm degraded.