Flooding still a threat as weakened Henri meanders over NY, NJ


NEW YORK — The slow-rolling system named Henri it taking its time drenching the Northeast with rain, lingering early Monday atop a region made swampy by the storm’s relentless downpour.

After pelting New York and New Jersey with massive amounts of rainfall Saturday and Sunday, Henri weakened to a tropical depression Sunday night.

With the ground already saturated, a flood watch remains in effect for much of the tri-state area through Monday evening as Henri meanders over the region.

Moderate rain will continue throughout the day across the area, possibly becoming heavy again at times, as the storm lingers.

By Monday morning, the system was moving east at just 1 mph.

Experts predict Henri will settle for awhile near the New York-Connecticut border before heading back east.

River and stream flooding will be possible Monday, especially over northern New Jersey and the lower Hudson Valley.

The end appeared to be in sight Sunday evening as Henri weakened, though the storm walloped Long Island, New York City, New Jersey and much of the Northeast coastline with bands of heavy rain Sunday afternoon, sparking concerns about more flooding.

Henri will finally begin to drift out of our area on Tuesday, just as heat and humidity return to the region.

Rainfall totals

Storm rainfall totals of 5 to 10 inches will be possible over the lower Hudson Valley and portions of Connecticut.

Meanwhile, the rest of our area could see rain totals between 3 and 6 inches.

Henri produced 3 to 6 inches of rainfall over many areas Sunday, with isolated higher totals.

An additional 1 to 3 inches was forecast through Monday for parts of Long Island, New England, southeast New York, New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania.

Current watches and warnings

Flood warning were issued early Monday for Orange, Rockland and Westchester counties, as well as in the Bronx and Manhattan.

In New Jersey, a flood warning is in effect for Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Morris and Passaic counties.

A flood watch is in effect throughout Monday for the remainder of the area, including much of Long Island and northern New Jersey.

Transit and transportation

After Henri brought delays and suspensions to mass transit Sunday, most train lines, subways and buses were expected to be back to normal schedules on Monday.

However, several NJ Transit lines reported delays and suspensions Monday morning due to storm damage.

Rail service on both the Port Jervis Line and Morris & Essex Line was temporarily suspended in both directions due to downed trees along their routes. They had both resumed service, with residual delays, by noon.

Ongoing rain on Monday could affect some air travel, so it’s best to check with your airline early about delays and cancelations, before heading to the airport.

Power outages

As of Monday, the majority of outages were in New Jersey, where over 4,000 customers were without power by the early afternoon.

Con Edison reported over 1,200 customers across New York City and Westchester without service, primarily in Brooklyn and Westchester.

PSEG on Long Island reported around 190 customers without power just past noon.

See the latest outage numbers here.

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