More than 100,000 Americans without electricity because of the tropics…

More than 100,000 households on the northeastern coast of the United States were without power on Sunday due to the passing of Tropical Storm Henry. President Joe Biden also warned residents of the danger of flooding.

The most affected area is currently Rhode Island, where 72,000 families have lost power. There are 30,000 households in Connecticut, and 10,000 in Massachusetts, according to a report by the specialist website poweroutage.us.

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Storm Henry reached Rhode Island around 12:15 a.m. (local time) Sunday afternoon with winds of 95 kph. But it soon waned in strength. As a result, the most difficult predictions were avoided. And by just two o’clock in the afternoon, the wind speed had already fallen to 80 kilometers per hour. By Sunday evening it was still 56 kilometers per hour. However, it has not yet been completed. Heavy rain is still expected. This is while the water in some places is already high. Monday morning (local time) another 5 to 10 inches of rain is expected in New York City, northern New Jersey, northeastern Pennsylvania, southern New York and New England. That’s what the National Weather Service said. Locally, rainfall may be heavier, leaving flood warnings in place.

The storm will weaken further as it heads toward the Gulf of Mexico on Monday afternoon (local time). This should also reduce precipitation.

President Biden called on residents of the Northeast Coast to be vigilant and stock up on supplies. He would also approve states of emergency in Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York if needed. “While New Englanders are accustomed to severe weather, this storm has the potential to have major impacts in the region with flooding and power outages that could affect hundreds of thousands of people,” he said.

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