Tropical Storm Henri Leaves New England Homes Damaged, Thousands Without Power

 Monday, August 23, 2021

 NBC Boston

Thousands of people are waking up without power and cleaning up from the damage left behind by Tropical Storm Henri.

As of Monday morning, at least 8,000 customers are without power in Connecticut. Fire officials in Connecticut say 18 homes were evacuated, and firefighters performed what they described as "several low risk assisted rescues."

Storm damage in Connecticut also forced the evacuation of four nursing homes, displacing 250 residents.

Thousands of customers are also without power in Rhode Island. Utility crews from as far as Virginia arrived to help clear trees and downed lines and restore power to parts of Rhode Island like Narragansett, which bore the brunt of the storm.

When Henri made landfall near Westerly, Rhode Island, it had sustained winds of about 60 mph (97 kph) and gusts of up to 70 mph (110 kph).