NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Henri was downgraded Sunday from a hurricane to a tropical storm, but heavy rain continues to hammer the Tri-State Area and New England.
Flash flood and storm surge warnings remain in effect, and wind gusts of 45 miles per hour are expected in New York City and up to 70 miles per hour on the east end of Long Island.
As of 8 a.m. Sunday, Henri was about 35 miles southeast of Montauk, heading north at 18 miles per hour.
The storm continues to track farther east, with the strongest winds now expected to stay mainly offshore.
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) August 22, 2021
A tropical storm warning is in effect until further notice for Long Island, New York City and Westchester County.
Parts of New Jersey are also under a tropical storm warning, including Hudson, Eastern Bergen, Eastern Essex, Eastern Union, Middlesex and Monmouth.
Fairfield, Litchfield, Hartford, Tolland and Windham counties are under a tropical storm warning in Connecticut, as well.
A storm surge warning is in effect for southern Westchester County, the Bronx, Suffolk County, northern Queens and northern Nassau County.
The southern sections of New Haven, Middlesex, New London and Fairfield in Connecticut are also under a storm surge warning.
A flash flood warning is in effect in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, along with Nassau County on Long Island and Monmouth and Ocean counties in New Jersey.
Travel in the areas under the flash flood warning will be very difficult.
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Torrential rainfall began hammering New York City on Saturday night, with 4.45 inches of rain falling in Central Park in just a few hours.
The rain was from tropical moisture fed by Henri, not the outer bands.
As the storm continues to shift farther east, it is important to note the effects will still be felt well outside the cone, regardless of whether the center passes over land or just offshore.
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